Photographs printed on canvas, embroidery.
Marie De La Ville Baugé talks about the series of works in relation to the Mind the Gap theme:
On the way to North Pole, I discovered at the edge of the world, at the border of a myth that was unknown a century ago, in a nowadays closed and guarded territory, a world only accessible to the privileged ones holding a special travel permit, a place jailed between two time periods. Human life on the islands, once built out of a vivid Utopian dream vanished. Today is supposed to be a gap between times, a break before a new future. But we know now that a tomorrow is not likely to occur. The gap will be closely filled by climate change and global warming taking over by leaking by a warm tongue the shores of the islands, melting its permafrost in the sea.
In 2017, I was invited to take part in the Pax Arctica expedition in the Russian Arctic, led by Luc Hardy to explore the Delong Archipelago in the Eastern Siberian sea. Navigating on the Somov icebreaker, I relived the 1879–1881 expedition, the attempt by George W. De Long to reach the North Pole by pioneering a route from the Pacific Ocean through the Bering Strait. Before the shrinking of the boat after 2 years imprisoned on the ice pack, the expedition discovered new islands—the De Long Islands—and collected valuable meteorological and oceanographic data. Today, those islands and its wildlife are threatened to disappear by climate change in the Arctic.Marie De La Ville Baugé