My exhibition at Dock Gallery (Rotterdam, Netherlands) comes to an end this weekend. Sunday (October 9th) is your last opportunity to view ‘Carving at a Glacial Pace’ in its entirety (all 22 works). As the show comes to a close I wanted to share a few thoughts, images, and what the ‘Glacial Series’ and the show as a whole means to me:
CARVING AT A GLACIAL PACE
‘Carving at a Glacial Pace’, and the ‘Glacial Series’ featured, are inspired by the mountains and the glaciers that have sculpted these ethereal landscapes. It is based on both the places I have been and those I wish to visit. It’s about climbing and mountaineering, not of conquering these mountains but of being humbled by them. Within their craggy temples discoveries are made – those of self identity, passion, principals, and personal beliefs.
My first experience of magnificent alpine mountains were those of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Later, I would visit the Swiss Alps, the Sierra Nevada range, the Pacific Northwest’s Cascade range, and Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. These places and their features have peaked my interest for years and have become my church – a place to truly set my imagination free… a place for adventure. Human beings need adventure as much as water needs a current in order to not stagnate. These wild places are vital to the human spirit and must be conserved.
“Once our natural splendor is destroyed, it can never be recaptured. And once man can no longer walk with beauty or wonder at nature, his spirit will wither and his sustenance be wasted.”
– Lyndon B. Johnson, President of the United States
‘Carving at a Glacial Place’ is also a reference to the time it takes my body of work to be completed. The grinding and shaping of the forms, lenses, textures, and polished edges take hours to complete. It is a slow trod not unlike the manner to which glaciers carve valleys. Time and true grit are necessary keys to the process.
In front of the most powerful waterfall in Europe – Dettifoss, Iceland. All of this water is from glacial melt and the spray from the falls rises 1 km into the air.
Icebergs which have calved off of the Breidamerkurjokull Glacier, Iceland. These will slowly float out to sea, only to be battered and washed ashore by the waves.
Washed up iceberg from the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, Iceland.
Victoria in front of the Solheimajokull Glacier, Iceland.
detail of ‘Grey Ice Water’
detail of ‘West Buttress’
detail of ‘Icefall’
detail of ‘Abraham Lake’
detail of ‘Firn’
detail of ‘Vespers’