I position my work at the intersection of two fault lines: that between art and science, and that between mankind and the natural world. I have found natural ice formations to be a rich source for my endeavors in sheet metals, glass, illumination, stones, and more.
I have been fortunate to be able to witness ice in its own ‘habitat’. In 1999, Courtesy of the National Science Foundation, I became the first sculptor from any country to be sent to Antarctica. In 2001, I deployed to the high Arctic with the Canadian Coast Guard in the Lancaster Sound area. In 2006 I deployed again to the The Ice — Antarctica. These trips (and others I have organized privately) have been absolutely critical to my output. I have found that I cannot work just from the photography of others; without personally being confronted by these phenomena, I can’t insert what to me is absolutely central to any acceptable art: emotional content.
I am invited to join Dark Snow summer 2014. This is a bullseye for me. I have seen plenty of imagery, in the course of research, of the supraglacial lakes, rivers, and the moulins that drain them down to bedrock far, far below. I see this as a cast of characters that I can use to create metaphorical meanings and interest in my work. I have only one life, and I will not use it to create pretty shiny things: I demand real meaning from what goes out the doors of my studios.