Photo supplied by Richard Ryan

SOI educator Q&A with Richard Ryan

By on 2014/12/19

Every year Students on Ice invites different artists onboard our expeditions to inspire students creatively and give a different perspective to many of the more scientific aspects of expedition. Richard Ryan is not only an artist, he’s an animator, sculptor, designer, landscape architect, and photographer.


What makes Antarctica interesting or special to you?

The concentration of life and the scale of the environment; being in Antarctica is like visiting another planet.  Awe is my reaction to the significance of the place, but the sublime it provokes is what makes it special, not may places trigger that.

Photo supplied by Richard Ryan

Photo supplied by Richard Ryan


When did you know you wanted to become an artist and tell us a bit about your career path from there.

In college I studied Art History because I liked art, but at a certain point I decided I didn’t want to be an Art Historian what I really wanted to be was an artist. I have always enjoyed creating and building. I was taking classes in both subjects and just switched major for minor.  Much of my early art work in college was earth art or land art, I studied Landscape Architecture as a graduate student instead of enrolling in a MFA program because it was a more interesting degree that is still driven by artistic and social values.


Where do you take the inspiration for your artwork from?

My subject matter can be anything that I find interesting however the inspiration for how I work is motion or movement. I try to create a motion picture in a single image.


What do you hope to take away from this expedition and what do you hope students will learn from you?

Photographs, videos, and memories are the direct take away.  I know that this my second trip to Antarctica will create a desire for a third trip. I hope the students learn something about cartography as well as the social nature of Antarctica.

Photo supplied by Richard Ryan

Photo supplied by Richard Ryan


What are your plans in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field after expedition?

January 8 a helicopter tour with views of the town of El Calafate, Lago Argentino, Patagonia steppe & estancias, Pre-Cordillera, Upsala Glacier and Perito Moreno Glacier.

January 9, sailing to Perito Moreno Glacier and Los Glaciares National Park.  We hope to film ice-falls and to do some mini-trekking on the glacier with the use of crampons.

January 10, we will sail among icebergs and stunning scenery overlooking the western front of the Upsala glacier and then through Cristina Canal arriving at Estancia Cristina, followed by a trip to the Continental ice shelf riding in all-terrain vehicles on mountainous roads. We will visit the eastern front of Upsala Glacier and Lake Guillermo before returning.


U of A student’s Antarctic expedition explores climate change

By on 2014/12/18

EDMONTON - A University of Alberta student will be spending Christmas Day starting an expedition to Antarctica.


Olle Carlsson reflects on his career at the ends of the earth

By on 2014/12/17

Olle Carlsson is another integral part of the SOI Antarctic expedition team. He drives zodiacs, gives presentations on Antarctic history and his expedition spirit is never in short supply. We asked Olle about his career following the sun from the Arctic to


Packing for Antarctica: What the 2014 students are bringing

By on 2014/12/15

Besides the more obvious essentials — gloves, gravol, waterproof gear — we asked the Antarctic 2014 students, what’s the most interesting item on their packing list.     “I am bringing a parka that I sewed myself.” ~Matilda Kooktook  


What’s your favourite penguin species?

By on 2014/12/12

We asked the students getting ready for the Antarctic 2014 expedition which species of penguin is their favourite.   ” My favorite penguin is the Emperor Penguin because it is the largest penguin and looks to be the toughest of the penguins. 


18-year-old Indian student chosen for Antarctic expedition

By on 2014/12/11

The Time of India June 2, 2014 PUNE: Zareen Cheema was barely eight when she first saw photographs of aurora australis in all its glory. Since then, it has been her dream to see the phenomenon in person. That desire


Fun facts about the SOI Antarctic 2014 students!

By on 2014/12/10

On Monday we introduced some of the students joining SOI’s upcoming Antarctic expedition and they told us about their hometowns. Today we’re following up with some interesting facts about this diverse group of youth, coming from Kuujjuuaq in Canada’s north, all the

Antarctic 2009. Photo (c) Olivia Rempel.

Antarctic 2014 students gear up for expedition!

By on 2014/12/08

For the past couple of weeks SOI has been spotlighting a handful of talented and multifaceted educators who will be joining this year’s Antarctic 2014 expedition. With the countdown on, and 17 days until the expedition kicks off, we wanted to


Q&A with ornithologist Santiago Imberti

By on 2014/12/01

Santiago Imberti has been an integral part of the Antarctic expedition team since SOI’s inception. As a Patagonia native, Antarctica is closer to home for Santiago than most expedition members, and he has been using his degrees in tourism and


Sydenham High School student chosen for Antarctic expedition

By on 2014/11/26

Frontenac Gazette Reporter: Mandy Marciniak November 6, 2014 This year’s Christmas vacation just got a lot more exciting for Sydenham High School student William Sanderson. He will be heading to Antarctica for two weeks starting on Christmas day as part

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