For the past 5 years my work has focused on the connection between culture and nature, inner and outer. I find myself continually returning to natural aspects of planet Earth and wanting to bring an awareness of global issues to people through art. In my many different approaches, artistic books, watercolours, installations and public art, I try to build up a relationship between the art work and the viewer. The scientific context of the work is very important to me. I think Art and science are equal components of a true understanding of what it is to be human.
My work derives from the context of global warming, often focused on ice melting and the beauty of crystallised forms of glaciers. It evokes the power, void and fragility of such an unusual substance. Some of my work takes various forms intended to draw in the viewer as co-creator of the work by witnessing the work. It is there to challenge one’s perception, senses, mind. And ultimately it should engage a person so that thinking can become action.
My current project, Blue Fragility, is collection of multi media art piece. There are watercolours, artist books and public murals. All have the same topic, creating a memory of things that are disappearing. The art work very often uses circles in its structure, emulating the way nature works.
Watercolours and mixed media are used for capturing the presence of the moving glacier. I use blue pigment and ink for creating a map of the disappearing memory of glacier. I also collected mineral dust and glacier dust around the area of glacier valleys, mainly in Okjull in Iceland. These materials were then used for creating handmade paper which again was used as a surfaces for recording the melting glacier. During this time I also took photo shoots of the actual glacier. Those pictures helped me to capture the traces of this glacier on the semi transparent paper. These fine line drawings then cover the created watercolour.
Water, Ice, Sky and Earth are Nature’s art and these elements are very close to my personality. All my childhood I was terrified of water. But I found a way to love this element in 2015 when I saw glaciers, for the first time in my life. Water in the state of ice, glacier, powerful yet as fragile as its existence. A glacier is like a breath compacted under its own weight.
After moving to New Zealand, I started to collaborate with various environmental artist and scientist who lead me to be more interested in Artic and Antarctic Pole and thus about the climate change. Since then I started to track glaciers that are melting from below. I took part in artist residency in New Zealand as well as in Australia where I closely discussed and collaborated my work with artists, geologist as well as scientists.
The purpose of my art is not to tell anyone how to behave or act. But I hope it will help people to understand an issue such as the ice melting at the poles. Thanks to science and technology we understand what and why climate change is happening. Following from that Art is a key we can use to open the door of science. And that door can help us embody our knowledge, take action and use its power to prevent what is happening. We are all responsible