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ICESCAPES

Year

Technique

Size

Exhibited

2019

Etching, Carborundum and drypoint

From 60 x 48 to 585 x 290 cm

Trafo Kunsthall, Asker
Peder Balke Center, Group exhibition, Kapp 2020

Nature in the Arctic is vulnerable. The Arctic climate changes rapidly, with rising temperatures and melting ice. Since 2001 I have visited Svalbard regularly and observed how the glaciers have retreated. In 2017 and 2019 I traveled to Northwest Greenland. The purpose was to do research for new graphics exhibitions. 

 

80% of Greenland is covered with ice. Due to higher air temperatures, the ice sheet melts increasingly quickly. South of the city of Ilulissat lies the 40-50 km long Kangia Icefjord. This is a truly unique and magnificent natural area that was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2004. It is the site of the most productive glacier of the Northern hemisphere - Sermeq Kujalleq, which calves millions of tons of ice every day. A fast flowing ice stream filling a fjord with giant icebergs makes for a dramatic and awe-inspiring natural phenomenon. 

 

I was overwhelmed by this scenic area. The landcape changes continuously due to currents, melting ice and light conditions. Exhibitions such as Soft Ice and Eyes for Ice are results of my stay in Greenland and Svalbard. My intention is to show fragments and glimpses of this changing landscape. 

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