Haunting Portrait on Melting Ice in Canadian Arctic

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Haunting Portrait on Melting Ice in Canadian Arctic

Sean Yoro (Hula) is a self-taught portrait artist who has diligently been sharing his dynamic portrait work for the past year. Check out his pieces where he shows his paintings typically done in hard-to-reach locations where he even had to paddle all the way there.

You can watch his newest film of What if You Fly, The North Face and Camp4Collective production, where you will see Yoro’s inside world as he starts his biggest challenge as to paint all the way to the Canadian Arctic.

It’s most likely that his only motivation is to work outdoors where he can interact with nature. Renan Ozturk and Taylor Rees share his journey to get the perfect piece of ice to use as a canvas before it is melting as its natural end.

Actually, this Canadian Arctic is way too different from Yoro's hometown of Oahu. However, he can still have good bonds with the Canadian Inuit. This native North American tribe has a population of over 50,000 in Canada. But the sad thing is that they still have to face a wide array of issues from suicide to constituent abuse.

Yoro managed to photograph Jesse Mike, the Inuit woman and painted on the ice. She confirms this in the film by saying like, "For most people, it’s about the polar bears, it’s not about the people. Well, let’s make it about the people. If I can somehow be in a position to influence the message that’s given to the rest of the world, that’s the most important thing for me. The message that I wanted to send is, Inuit are very skilled, smart, awesome people. And you kind of have to be to survive in this environment."

Being out in such condition, Yoro and the crew had to sleep on the ice. And soon as they woke up the next morning, they had to race to complete his work before the ice begins to break up. To preserve the ice, they placed a thin transparent sheet over the surface.

Knowing the fact that such work can only last temporarily, his work was then removed as soon as it’s finished and was painted using non-toxic materials of alkali-refined linseed oil or sunflower oil and natural pigments.

Actually his project was aimed at drawing attention to climate change to the world. But now that he brings the spotlight to an indigenous North American culture which is often overlooked, reminding of us the fragility of our environment, he seems to have turned his focus toward the Inuit issues. Such film gives a clear insight into the process of Yoro who works outdoors where he needed enormous energy to integrate into nature and interact with a community via the language of art.

H/T My Modern Met

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