Western Antarctic Ice Sheet Series

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Ice Paintings: Sea Ice | WAIS

Xavier Cortada, recipient of a 2006-2007 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers fellowship, traveled to Antarctica to implement a series of projects and installations. While there, the Miami artist created “ice paintings” using sea ice, glacier and sediment samples provided to him by scientists working in Antarctica. The artist titled the works on paper by randomly selecting the names of geographic features from a map of the continent that inspired their creation.

ninnus

leverett

coman

takahe

hawkes

wade

matusevich

slessor

totten

mellor

shirase

widerøe

sør rondane

enderby

menzies

vostok

adélie

erebus

scott

horlick

glossopteris

palmer

recovery

Xavier Cortada
Ice Paintings: Western Antarctic Ice Sheet series
Medium: Ice from Western Antarctic Ice Sheet, sediment from Antarctica's Dry Valleys, and mixed media on paper
Size: 12 inches x 9 inches
Year: 2007
Created onsite at McMurdo Station, Ross Island, Antarctica