My work has addressed the environment and climate change for several years. In June of 2009 I traveled to Ilulissat, Greenland to see the Jakobshavn Icefjord and hike on the Greenland ice sheet. I wanted to see the effects of global warming first hand. Mere steps onto the inland ice I was confronted with the evidence I sought—cryoconites, melt streams and lakes, and moulins plunging to the base of the ice sheet speeding annual area loss alarmingly. At this rate it is possible that this ice sheet, in addition to half of the West Antarctic ice sheet, could be gone within 500 years. Concerned only for our own comfort and convenience, we have cast a carbon net over the world. My current body of work celebrates the beauty of the arctic environment while acknowledging it’s fragile state due to the effects of the current climate change. Through a broad range of print media, paintings, new media, and installations, I ask the viewer, at what point do we take responsibility for how we are changing the world by changing our behaviors and habits?
March 15, 2009