Antartica

Stibbon, Emma (2006) Antartica Upstairs, Berlin, Zimmerstrasse, Berlin, Germany.

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Abstract

These three related solo exhibitions, supported by the Arts Council of England (£5k) and a private sponsor (£6k) were widely reviewed in Germany. They focused on research undertaken in Antarctica and form an integral part of Stibbon’s ongoing project exploring the interrelationships of art and science. The works chart a journey made by Stibbon through the Antarctic Convergence to the ice landscape of the peninsular. Her large-scale drawings (including works of 1.51m x 2.32m), systematically investigate the dynamics of landscape, the central aim being to capture the fragility of a pristine environment and a landscape under environmental threat. The grand scale of the works reflect mid-eighteenth century definitions of the sublime and in ecological terms the work seek to convey a sense of flux in the persistent flow from glacier to iceberg and the presence of ever-changing sculptural forms. Direct drawing and mark-making became the visual counterparts to the scientific analyses undertaken in this region. Stibbon’s methodical visual data gathering was an integral part of the interdisciplinary nature of the science/art collaboration in the project. Reflecting environmental concerns, the Bristol exhibition was complemented by a panel discussion involving the artist, Emma Stibbon, research collaborator Dr Giles Brown (School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol), Professor Vala Ragnarsdottir (Professor of Environmental Sustainability, University of Bristol) and Sandie Macrae (Director, R O O M, Bristol). Continuing her investigations into the interrelationships between art and science, Stibbon is currently undertaking further research, extending her investigations into the cycle of glacial formations and their impact on the physical landscape and the imagination, underpinned by further research collaborations with Dr Brown. This research is also supported by an Arts Council England South West award (£4,500). and in ecological terms the work seek to convey a sense of flux in the persistent flow from glacier to iceberg and the presence of ever-changing sculptural forms. Direct drawing and mark-making became the visual counterparts to the scientific analyses undertaken in this region. Stibbon’s methodical visual data gathering was an integral part of the interdisciplinary nature of the science/art collaboration in the project. Reflecting environmental concerns, the Bristol exhibition was complemented by a panel discussion involving the artist, Emma Stibbon, research collaborator Dr Giles Brown (School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol), Professor Vala Ragnarsdottir (Professor of Environmental Sustainability, University of Bristol) and Sandie Macrae (Director, R O O M, Bristol). Continuing her investigations into the interrelationships between art and science, Stibbon is currently undertaking further research, extending her investigations into the cycle of glacial formations and their impact on the physical landscape and the imagination, underpinned by further research

Item Type: Other form of assessable output
Uncontrolled Keywords: Art; Science
Subjects: W000 Creative Arts and Design > W990 Creative Arts and Design not classified elsewhere
Faculties: Faculty of Arts
Depositing User: Faculty of Arts editor
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2009
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2012 11:00
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/6805

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