Next stop Svalbard, Norway!
I accompanied my protagonist, IOWA STARR, aboard the Antigua (aka The Pirate Ship), sailing the High Arctic. Her mission was to to retrieve the last Gogo drift seed from the Svalbard Seed Vault. Somewhere along the way I ditched Iowa and traveled sola..
In January 2019 I participated in Mekdes Shebeta's collaborative art project Patching-UP in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Patching-UP included field-research, workshops, studio visits and a contemporary art exhibition.
"Finding Mekdes" is the story of my seismographic drawings.
I'm revising my first novel, POWER PLANTS, an adventure story that deals with humanity’s impact on the planet and beginning the research for THE SEED VAULT a quest narrative that will take IOWA from Somalia to Svalbard.
A fundraiser to support my protagonist's trip to Somaliland and Svalbard.
I'm sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you...
This photo, a serious attempt at re-enactment, cracks me up.
"The struggle of maturity is to recover the seriousness of the child at play.”
My MFA is in painting and drawing from the University of TN. I also have a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology / African Studies from Rhode Island College.
Shortly after I took a break from painting, to find out what people-who-don’t-paint do, I fell for writing.
Excited to be participating in Patching Up a collaborative arts project in Ethiopia that somehow manages to bridge my far flung interests in art, travel, anthropology, and fiction writing.
POSTCARDS FROM THE ARCTIC was a fundraiser in September 2019 to support Michelle Dussault's protagonist's trip to Svalbard. Michelle accompanied IOWA STARR, aboard a tall ship in the Svalbard archipelago for an art adventure in the High Arctic.
"The Arctic Circle brings together international artists of all disciplines, scientists, architects, and educators who collectively explore the high-Arctic Svalbard Archipelago and Arctic Ocean aboard a specially outfitted Barquentine sailing vessel."
In gratitude for your generous donation of ...
$30.00 - receive a factoid postcard from IOWA with a factoid from a field scientist on the back.
$50.00- receive a hand-drawn factoid postcard from IOWA with a factoid from a field scientist on the back.
$75.00 - receive a climate factoid postcard and related audio content from the research ship during its sail to the High Arctic.
$100 - receive a hand-drawn factoid postcard and related audio content from the research ship during its sail to the High Arctic.
$150.00 - receive a snail mail or email pen-pal letter (your choice) from IOWA during her journey to the Svalbard Seed Vault.
$200.00 - receive one of IOWA's daily glacier drawings (pencil on paper) with a factoid from a field scientist on the back.
$200.00 - receive one of IOWA's camel drawings with a factoid from a field scientist on the back.
$300.00 - receive a hand-drawn factoid-postcard and daily-glacier-drawing, with a factoid from a scientist on the back, from the Barquentine tall ship sailing the High Arctic.
$300.00 - receive one of IOWA's hand made felted Arctic birds, like the climate endangered Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola).
$500.00 - receive one postcard, one audio file, one pen-pal letter, and one daily drawing.
$750.00 - receive an accordion book train-drawing from the Bergen-Oslo line.
$1000.00 - receive a dinner (8 people max) and a live presentation at your place or in Manchester, Vermont.
$2000.00 - gets you a new painting on canvas from Madam Taxi (for color junkies only)!
Best wishes, big sails, and happy trails,
Madam Taxi aka Michelle Dussault