Stasis

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Stasis

a temporary state of inactivity resulting from a static balance between opposing forces.

Structures created from ice, steel and glass, evoking tensions between volcanic and glacial forces in Iceland, where humans coexist in an inherently unstable landscape.

Steel and Ice

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Steel and Glass

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Stasis is the first in a four-part series of installations entitled Danger:2017, exploring the precarious resilience I see in how man relates to physical environments and to each other around the globe.  Each part –Stasis, Shift, Power, Collapse – takes a distinct location as a starting point, and focuses on different materials and interactions. ____________________________________________________________________________________________

Created by volcanic processes, Iceland is geologically young, and sits astride the Mid-Atlantic ridge in the the icy water of the northern ocean.  Contrasting and often opposing forces create the conditions that make the land habitable: throughout the year, daylight cycles from constant sun in the summer to constant dark in the icy winter and earthquakes and eruptions are constant threats, as well as dramatic jokulaup -lava melt floods- resulting from the direct contact between molten lava and frozen glaciers. Stasis refers to this tensioned balance between materials and to the inevitable release of power.

Ice, elemental and ubiquitous, is a reflection of the state of the earth, while the steel is a measure of the activity of man.  Ice freezes into crystals, flows in glaciers and fractures into icebergs and floes, preserving and unlocking layers of natural and human history. Though present in nature as an element, iron is a manmade and fabricated substance, enabling technology, industry, and warfare. Steel shards are ambiguous objects, that can call to mind writing, delicate tools, or they might imply danger, threat and weapons. In glass both these materials cohere- the hot liquid fusion and the transparent crystal.

Iceland was unsettled until Norse Vikings, impelled by famine and warfare, as well as ambition and advances in technology, began to migrate there in 874 AD, establishing the Althing, one of the world’s oldest parliaments. The prose narratives Icelandic Sagas record an intertwining of their histories and myths. Humans are shown as heroic, generous, violent, and vindictive, subject to forces of nature and mankind.

I am fascinated by boundaries and the dynamic interactions at places where juxtaposing forces and materials meet. These works evoke the relationship between man, objects and environment. If humans are vulnerable in their domain, they are also destructive. Balanced, poised, and ephemeral, this work points to human transience, responsibility, and choice.

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