Northlandia is a surreal
tale of the precarious balance between human greed and the magical landscape, between the north and the rest of the world and between self-preservation and the rapidly changing
Drawing from diverse sources such as early arctic pioneer history, Inuit and Central American mythology, science fiction and children's literature (Pullman's the Dark Materials Trilogy, Butler's Parable duology), literary tradition magical realism (One Hundred Year's of Solitude), fairy tales (Anderson's The Snow Queen), popular culture (Game of Thrones) and current politics (...), Northlandia is an arctic narrative on water in different forms: water, ice, snow, glacier, permafrost...
The Ice Queen (an ice sculpture) has a lot on her hands. With half the country's glaciers gone and its permafrost shifting, the Queen is desperately working with her magicians to close Pandora's box. To insulate the temperature and to ward off unwelcome profiteers, she is building a gigantic igloo to shelter her entire country with Chief Engineer (an arctic fox) and a team of construction workers (polar bears.) To further slow down temperature warming, she has hundreds of giant puffins at the southern border blowing the rising warm air southward around the clock. The magicians are knee-deep rebuilding glaciers with a mountain-size ice-cream maker and spend sleepless nights capturing wild aurora borealis and cultivating artificial ones for future fuel. The Ice Queen trains her fat jumpy seal military troop to fend off the other four G5 nations, lurking for the perfect opportunity to pounce on Northlandia for precious resources. The Ice Queen is skeptical of the south and fiercely protective of her land, yet her sister Sedna traverses between the north and the south, hoping for diplomatic negotiations. And then there is this group of “arctic explorers” who sneak into Northlandia to seek their fortune, not to mention the influx of climate refugees seeking a more habitable environment...
With the support of Canada Arts Council and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, the artist is scheduled for an arctic research trip with the Arctic Circle in October 2022.