Lonesome Bear

Inside Scoop : In my final year of serious art studies at Concordia University, I produced 2 versions of ‘the Lonesome Bear Saga’. Below is video documentation of the performed piece (admittedly not the best quality documentation), an artist statement for a group show called 400, and 8 images produced in a photography class. Special Thanks to my supportive instructors, Nelson Henricks and Evergon. As well as a warm thank you to Andrea Joy who played the part of my mermaid characters.

The Lonesome Bear is an ongoing narrative project by Morgan Sea. Mythical creatures help create a gender queer allegory about identity, loss and retribution. The story follows a Polar Bear, who leaves his clan of Viking Berserkers to quest for his lost love on the island of the Glamazons. A constant barrage of third party peril and intense moments of self-doubt await our hero on his lovesick journey.

During 400, the narrative is accessible in two formats. First, seven moments in the bear’s story are illustrated through photo collages. These photos are the first in a series that will ultimately become a photo-graphic novel. The second format is a live performance, taking place during the vernissage. Sea dressed as the Bear performs live between layers of projected video that acts as an animated environment.

The crafty aesthetics of the photos and performance create a nostalgic collage of multiple mediums: homemade puppets, crafts, snapshot photography, old video games and comic book graphics. The combination of these elements enhances an autobiographical reading of the work.

Morgan Sea is a gender queer person, who was came of age during the transitional period between homemade crafts paired with outdoor adventures and the information overload provided by the internet, cell phones and gaming consoles. By using easily accessible technology and a hearty ‘do it yourself’ work ethic, Sea hopes to encourage a culture more tangible and flexible for persons everywhere.

Ultimately this work remains unfinished. At the time I saw this piece as a cryptic explanation of how I felt about abusing and denying my gender identity for years. It mythologizes my worries that by the time I worked up the courage to explore myself it would be too late, my home had been violated and now there was nothing for my bear character to do, but tear out their own heart … Which is sort of a downer, right? So I figured rather than letting this gender trouble fester while I stare at my photoshop and aftereffects… I should maybe try and confirm that it is actually not too late for me, my Bear, and my Glamazon.