The Remains documents the contrast between the abandoned Norwegian whaling settlements in South Georgia and Antarctica and the fragile Antarctic landscape. The series looks back to a time in history when the whaling industry was fulfilling humanity’s thirst for oil.
The lonely and abandoned structures speak to us about the harsh life the whalers endured and the pain the industry caused to numerous species of whales, sometimes pushing them to the brink of extinction.
Now, the visceral brutality of the industry has been washed away by time and nature. In this series, Cotton and Sisse depict what remains, a landscape of buildings and remnants in an isolated and remote environment.
The resulting series is quiet and contemplative, asking the viewer to consider the aesthetic qualities of the deteriorating objects in front of them, while also asking wider questions about history, purpose, and permanence in the Antarctic habitat.