Inside Mendenhall Glacier

Juneau, Alaska 2015

Body Painting and Photography: Nicolette Spear

Model: Lindsay Carron

Over my time spent in Juneau, Alaska, I have stretched and spilled into a whole new container: one that is wet, sharp, harsh, forgiving, steep, graceful, and constantly evolving. This container is the wild. The wild, of which I have recognized that I am no longer separate from. A return to the wild. A remembering of what I am. I am not an outsider here, but rather an inhabitant, and active member of a greater ebbing and flowing wild community of organisms, and my impact is profound.
“The forest invokes a feeling that I return to calling it home. I must burn my disguise.” ~ Random Rab, Fog Lantern
I had the beautiful opportunity of sharing this wild merger with a dear friend and artist Nicolette Spear. She was immediately taken by the immensity and depth of the glacier and through hours of creation and an extremely risky excursion over rock peninsulas to reach the inside of the glacier’s ice caves, we produced this powerful conception of returning to the wild: embodying it through and through.

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