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Antarctica

On The Plateau-Skiway; Acrylic on paper on panel; 36" x 48"; 2010
On The Plateau-Skiway; Acrylic on paper on panel; 36" x 48"; 2010
On The Plateau-Twin Otter; Acrylic, silverpoint on panel; 24” x 48”; 2010
On The Plateau-Twin Otter; Acrylic, silverpoint on panel; 24” x 48”; 2010
Ross Shelf Bergs; acrylic; 30" x 20"; 2011
Ross Shelf Bergs; acrylic; 30" x 20"; 2011
At The Plateau-Snowlight; acrylic; 20" x 30"; 2011
At The Plateau-Snowlight; acrylic; 20" x 30"; 2011
Edge of Camp (diptych); acrylic; 30" x 20" each; 2011
Edge of Camp (diptych); acrylic; 30" x 20" each; 2011
Retreat; Acrylic; 40" x 30"; 2011; collection of Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works Collection
Retreat; Acrylic; 40" x 30"; 2011; collection of Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works Collection
Crack; acrylic; 40" x 30"; 2011
Crack; acrylic; 40" x 30"; 2011
Victoria Land; Mixed Media; 36" x 24"; 2010
Victoria Land; Mixed Media; 36" x 24"; 2010
Recession; Acrylic on paper on panel; 30" x 20"; 2011
Recession; Acrylic on paper on panel; 30" x 20"; 2011

The Antarctic Space and Light paintings are a response to the vast West Antarctic Ice Sheet. When I first arrived, the research camp appeared featureless, broken only by grids of cargo, tents and power lines. But gradually a subtler level of contrast materialized. The two constants in this landscape, wind and snow, interact to create a lineage of patterns. The white light is a spectrum of ever shifting hues of purple, pink, yellow, and blues.

In many of the paintings, expanses of white lie next to edges of dark ocean. The apparent stability of immense ice sheets in contrast with receding outlet glaciers occurring at their edges suggests change and unpredictability.