The Arctic Circle Residency, Svalbard, Norway

Like the canary in the coal mine, the climate changes already evident in the Arctic are a call to action.

— Susan Collins

As we roam the arctic terrain and seas, I feel alienated by the wildlife — in a good way! The bursting breaths of a pod of beluga whales swimming past me made me freeze in my place. Watching polar bears retrace my steps, sniffing for me was a haunting but exciting connection. Observing walruses on ice chunks and making art by curious harbor seals was beyond thrilling. Each day these incredible animals interact with each other and their environment in such an integrated way, I feel separate from it. In fact, I long to feel a part of their world, but know this is not my place.

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