Archiving Ice. Svalbard and San Francisco 2017-2018.
During the Arctic Circle Artist Residency in October 2017, I made molds from "bergy bits" (small icebergs from calved glaciers). I painted melted wax on individual pieces of ice that washed upon the shores of Bloomstrandbreen, Svalbard in Spitsbergen. The wax molds were shipped to San Francisco. From there, different mold making processes were made to have two different reusable two-part plaster-silica molds and 4 one-part blow molds of the exact pieces of ice. In December 2017 I blew glass into the molds, and the glass was coldworked and documented in North Carolina in January, 2018. The glacier water from the specific site was put back into the glass vessels, capturing the impressions, the ice, and the water from the melting north.
Thanks to Devra Freelander, Maria Enomoto, Matt Wesley, Megan Dykema, Devon Lach and all of the other wonderful people who helped out along the way.