Now we can hold time is a series of time-based installations, inspired by ice core science. Using water samples and other materials collected from glaciers, the sculptures melt in the gallery space and create a record on the vessel below.
Ice cores are drilled by scientists and studied as physical records for climate thousands of years ago - these objects are proxies for the stories of the earth. What happens when glacier ice is treated as a precious, or even endangered, material? What happens to those stories with ice cores melt? How do we embed our own stories into them? I'm curious about how to bring these abstract - and sometimes overwhelming - ideas about the story of the earth (past, present, and future) to a human scale, and how to empathize with these geologic forces.
ice (glacial water and silt from the Mendenhall Glacier, watercolor), Whatman filter paper, stone found at the terminus of the Llewellyn Glacier, utility rope, cordelette, mason line, carabiner, grab hook, hitching ring, metal pan