Saturday, October 24, 2015

Arctic Circle Part 2: SACI MFA student Keri Rosebraugh goes on expeditionary artist residency

Upon returning from the Arctic, I am humbled and a different person. The extreme living and environmental conditions call for hearty, unique residents. What I found were not only strong people inside and out, but some of the most caring, interesting and thought provoking humans on earth. 

I continued my quest of interviewing people on their definitions of "Home," as well as burying the time capsule containing previous ideas of "Home" that I had gathered from people throughout the United States and Italy. (See video made in Tuscany, Italy below.) Currently, two art pieces in the form of videos are being worked on and I will share them on this site in the next coming months. Until then, here is a link to a little more information as well as some photos taken on our journey.
One of the most important aspects I took back from this expedition is the constant reminder that everything on earth is fragile and everything is temporary. Change occurs in life, but we must take care of each other and our surroundings. We do have the ability.

Friday, April 24, 2015

What Is Home?

Home presents a video created in response to a large windstorm that hit the Tuscany region of Italy on March 5, 2015. This Intense weather pattern is a mere sign of the increasing impact of climate change internationally. Both people and animals are currently being forced to relocate their homes as a result of global warming, uprooting their cultures, their traditions, and ultimately having to adapt to new environments altogether. This piece shares individual's ideas and the importance of the meaning of the word "home".  

Sunday, March 29, 2015

What Is Your Idea Of The Word "Home?"

Stories about the meaning of "Home" are being sent in and they are wonderful! Still looking for more to include in this project!  Please see detailed information in the previous blog post on this site if you are interested. I'd love to have your participation.



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Value of Storytelling and Home - Project 1

As of now, I am prepping for 2-3 projects to embark on while venturing up north. I am going to share this one first, as I believe it falls under the category of "Participatory Art." This is an approach to making art in which the audience is engaged directly in the creative process - therefore, this type of art is incomplete without the viewers physical interaction. This means I would love your help.

The subject is about "storytelling" and "home". Please read on.....

Storytelling is how we record both the monumental events in life and the small everyday moments. In this age of mass information, we use stories to shape and define our identity - to make sense of our world and share that understanding with others. A great story is not about only providing information. It also invites an expansion of compassion by planting the seeds to grow a new interpretation of the space around us, of our place in it, of ourselves, and our existence.

Through the narrative, communities are strengthened and maintained by connecting people with their historical cultures, usually handed down from generation to generation. Traditions and legends also bring together populations existing far apart by sharing common ideas of not only what matters in the world, but also why it matters.

With this idea in mind, the first part of my project entails gathering stories from people residing all over the world and transporting them up to Longyearbyen, Svalbard. (See previous post on the description of this northern most city in the world) The subject I am most likely interested in hearing about is your idea of the word "home." What does this word mean to you? describes a home in various ways including "the dwelling place of an animal," and "any place of residence or refuge." When one thinks of home, is it the native place or country a person is from? Is it a physical location or a mindset? Is it shelter alone or also where one nests?

Once arriving, the plan is to share these thoughts with the population of Longyearbyen, either through contact with the town’s library, church, museum, or university. I will leave the stories there while sailing for two weeks. Upon my return I will gather them up, place them in a weatherproof container, then plant them in a safe place as a time capsule to be found sometime in the future. During the two week span of sailing, I will have a box located at the same location as the stories which will be utilized to accumulate stories of the same subject originating from the local people of Longyearbyen. I then will bring back those narrations to share with people here and elsewhere.

In conjunction with compiling narratives, I will be creating sculptures which will hold soundbites of these stories inside them and they will be arranged in an installation at one or more galleries. (Currently, I have plans to exhibit a version of this in La Corte Arte Contemporanea Gallery here in Florence at the end of April, which will not include the stories from Longyearbyen since it will be prior to my excursion - but will consist of stories I will deliver to the Arctic Circle.) The intention for this is through symbol, metaphor, and association we can interpret these stories, integrate them with our existing knowledge, and transform that into wisdom.

If you have thoughts about "home" - whether it is in the form of a story, a song, a poem, or even your mother's rhubarb pie recipe (take note, mom) - you would like to share and save in a time capsule in the Arctic Circle, please send it my way! I would be honored to involve you in this process :)
Here are some details below, and feel free to email me with any questions at

- Length of stories limited to 1 page written or 1 minute read verbally (or less) preferred.
- It would be ideal to handwrite and be creative with your piece if you are planning on sending it snail mail (this makes it more personal!!). If you would like to send me your piece through regular mail, please email me for my current mailing address.
- Of course, emailing me your story is great, too.
- Feel free to record your story and email me an MP3 or a format that is Mac friendly. I will take flashdrives up north with me.
-I would like to receive your stories on or before April 7th for including them into the exhibition at the end of April, but will accept stories through early May to pack with me to the Arctic.

Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Artist Residency in the Arctic Circle, June 2015

Hello and thank you for checking out the Arctic Circle By And Large! I will start off this blog with explaining the reason behind creating it, as well as my intentions for the months ahead.

I am quite fortunate to be chosen to treck to the Arctic Circle for twenty days in June of this year. The program is officially called The Arctic Circle and is administered by a non profit organization called The Farm based out of New York state. Artist and scientist led, The Arctic Circle is an annual expeditionary residency program, bringing together international artists of all disciplines, scientists, architects, and educators who collectively explore remote destinations aboard a specially fitted sailing vessel. This program serves as an incubator for thought and experimentation for artists and innovators who seek out and foster areas of collaboration to engage in the central issues of our time. It provides a shared experience for its participants to develop professionally as well as sharing exhibition opportunities and public classroom engagement following the expedition.

Below are a few photos of past excursions to give you an idea of the geographical area as well as the vessel we will be sailing on...... (all photos courtesy of I will fly into
Oslo, Norway, then take a flight from there to
the northern most city in the world, which is
Longyearbyen, Svalbard - officially still part
of Norway. Here is a link to 12 strange facts
about the city (you aren't allowed to die there
and cats are not permitted!!)

From there we will sail out around the Arctic
Circle, stopping every day on land to
collaborate on ideas, then heading back
to  regroup and sleep on board.

My objective in creating and maintaining this
blog is to share the ideas that not only I have
to bring to the table, but also to share others
thoughts and concepts entailed with this trip
as well. Bringing people together from
different parts of the world is an important
aspect of my work in hopes that the more we
understand about diverse cultures, the easier it
will be to show kindness and humanity towards

In these next few months I will be posting details regarding projects and plans to be worked on in preparation for the trip.....please stay tuned for
upcoming project proposals, and thanks again
for checking out the blog!