Tracing the Memory Lines of a Vanishing World.
The Arctic - a wild landscape, always on the move, shifting, dissolving. It is hard to ignore the fact that our climate is changing, and that the world's glaciers are retreating at an alarming rate. In the summer of 2008 the Arctic ice sheet became an island for the first time in recorded history. It is now believed the North Pole may be completely free of summer ice by the year 2030. This glistening ice cap at the top of our world is disappearing at an alarming rate.
Unfortunately most of us will never have the opportunity to travel to this wild location, but it is possible to experience it through other means - through the work of people like James Balog. My work is therefore a response to the stories, films and photographs that others have kindly shared, and have given me a glimpse of this unique world of ice.
I am curious about the marks left by the movement of glaciers and how the natural elements sculpt and carve the landscape. The ice holds our ancient history, and once melted can never be replaced. My work is a celebration of this fragile environment, and an invitation to you to pause, reflect and observe.
I made four books for this theme Ice Matters.
One large (above), and three smaller ones.
A river of melt water runs
through the centre of
edged by the suggestion of a glacier.
Coptic stitch binds the pages together,
allowing the book to lie flat when open.
Fabriano Paper, Ink, Gesso, Coptic Stitch.
Size 18cm x 9.5cm.