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. 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 of exact pieces of ice. 4 one-part blow molds were made as well. In December I blew glass into the molds. Soon the glass will be coldworked, and the glacier water from the specific site will be put back into the glass vessels, attempting to capture the impressions, the ice, and the water from the melting north. This project is in process, and therefore there is not any final documentation yet on the final product.
Thanks to Devra Freelander, Maria Enomoto, Matt Wesley, Megan Dykema, and all of the other incredible people who helped out along the way.