True North Archive, 22 x 25 in. archival pigment prints, 2010
Positioned on a floating chunk of ice in the Arctic Ocean, the North Pole Webcam transmits an endless stream of images to computer stations far away. Operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the cameras are scientific tools intended to record the seasonal ice pack. However, the harsh elements of the environment hinder the camera’s ability to function as an objective recording device. High winds, ice, and steady sub-zero temperatures batter the camera resulting in thousands of abstract images. I am interested in the slippage of signification that happens when representation is lost. Gathering a collection of these "failures" from each camera, I've organized them in sequential composite grids. Stripped of their original purpose, the mysterious images hover between science and art, the known and unknown.