In September 2010 I moved in Montréal, QC to be a Research Associate at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University. I didn’t know many people so I joined an online dating website as part of my plan to meet more people. I met someone through this website in October that I really liked. We started to see each other all the time. I knew I was leaving in early 2012 to go to Bergen, Norway for several months to work on my Arctic Circle Project so I invited him to come with me. He said, “Yes.” We bought our plane tickets together in December and he drove from Montréal to my family's home on Cape Cod to meet me at the beginning of January. When we bought our tickets he said smiling, “Maintenant, on est coincé tous les deux jusqu'à mi-février.” We flew from Boston to Chicago and Chicago to Frankfurt and Frankfurt to Bergen one week later.
This project is a record of our relationship but it’s also - partly - the backdrop of my work on the Arctic Circle Project which is likewise about journeys, imagined possibilities, hope and failure, power struggles, life's highs and lows. The concept of "love" and emotional attachment is an undercurrent in much of my work. RE: Journey is an acknowledgment of this and an attempt to bring it forward. The work is a loose leaf book, consisting of emails, text messages and conversations as well as a selection of photographs we took together in Bergen, the Norwegian Fjords and Berlin. The photos have not been edited for quality. In fact, our camera fell at some point so the pictures we took are often uneven, blurry. These imperfections are part of the story.