LIMERICK-BORN and Galway-based artist Ruth Le Gear has her eyes on a polar expedition with a difference this September.
The Corbally native has been awarded the artistic opportunity of a lifetime - a trip to the Arctic in a tall ship and the chance, she says, “to create work in an awe-inspiring environment”.
The Arctic Circle 2012 expedition brings scientists, architects and artists together to work individually and in collaboration in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt environments remaining on earth.
While half of the cost of the trip is covered by Arctic Circle 2012, Ruth needs the help of the public to make up the shortfall and is raising money through the fundit website, which is playing an increasingly important role in funding artistic endeavours.
There are a number of different levels of support one can give and depending on the generosity of your contribution, Ruth will respond with acknowledgements, updates, post cards, right up to original artwork made on the expedition itself.
In her own words, “If you could spare some change you would be enabling a life changing experience and a whole lot of creativity.
“Part of my practice revolves around water. The work that will take place in the Arctic will examine the unfolding of a consciousness. It engages with how a drop of water has the capacity to hold the memory of a substance that has passed through it almost as if it has been locked in an iceberg. I wish to explore resonances and atmospheres in the ice and light of the Arctic.
“Funders will be kept informed of studio activity. I am in conversation with curators and galleries and I am in talks about a proposed show for late 2013 early 2014.”
To support Ruth visit www.fundit.ie/project/arctic-circle-residency---ruth-le-gear and make a donation.