Documenting climate change in pastel. 👇🏼Great article on the IPCC report
Documenting climate change in pastel. 👇🏼Great article on the IPCC report
This awkward hang over the window happens when I run out of walls in my studio! 💙 Newly completed piece, “Wilhelmina Bay, Antarctica, November 20, 2018”, soft pastel on paper, 40x60 inches, 2019.
“Cierva Cove, Antarctica no2”, soft pastel on paper, 2017 - hanging in @staceylevitan ’s beautiful home in Seattle!
Finally looking through my Patagonia photos 🤤
Come on in! I call this my Georgia O’Keefe drawing 😉 “Greenland no.74 (I just realized I’ve made EIGHTY Greenland drawings🤯 ), 40x54 inches, soft pastel on paper, 2014. It lives at NATO headquarters in Brussels!
“To mitigate climate change, save wildlife, and secure our food supply, we need transformative change to our economy and our current practices. The tools for this transformative change are at our fingertips. But we can’t make the changes we need without political will—and accountability from the governments and corporations that are hastening, and not averting, the climate crisis.” @nrdc_org on the IPCC Special Report on Land and Climate Change. Link in bio!
Glaciers are heavy
Detail of my latest drawing, depicting the edge of the Getz Ice shelf in Antarctica, as seen from above when I got to fly with @nasa ! Still feels like a dream, and it probably always will. #OperationIceBridge
I had a great interview with @oprahmagazine this morning! One thing we discussed was the paper I use (Lenox 100 by @legionpaper ). It’s much smoother than papers that are normally recommended for pastel. More tooth and texture absorbs more pigment. I prefer the smoother surface of Lenox, because I find the texture gets in the way of the finer details (like the icy bits in this detail of my drawing of sea ice in the Lincoln Sea! ). The challenge is that it doesn’t leave a lot of room for error or re-working since the paper can only handle a small amount of pigment. The upside is the paper tells me when it’s done, so I can’t agonize and re-work areas ad nauseam 🤷🏻♀️
Into the blue
Last month was the hottest June ever recorded on Earth, and July is on track to be the hottest month ever! The record-breaking heat wave in Europe last week is heading to Greenland, and scientists warn that it could cause an unprecedented melt of Greenland’s ice sheet. The U.N. said that in July alone, Greenland lost 160 billion tons of surface ice. (That's roughly the equivalent of 64 million Olympic-sized swimming pools! ). And to top it off, Arctic sea ice melt is already much further along than usual for July. Even though Greenland feels far away, this ice melt effects us ALL. It raises global sea levels and floods rivers, resulting in more intense storms, and the list goes on. What can you do? There are numerous decisions you can make everyday that make a difference like buying locally grown produce or riding your bike or public transit instead of taking a car, but I think the most important thing we can do is vote people into office who understand the severity of the climate crisis and who are prepared and promise to take swift and drastic action to stop fossil fuel use and transition to 100% clean energy! Drawing in progress: an iceberg amidst sea ice off the coast of Greenland
Defining and refining
Piece in progress- an iceberg the size of an IMAX screen, (what we can see of it, at least! ) melting in the Arctic Ocean off the coast of Greenland. Inspired by my flights with NASA’s #OperationIceBridge.
A chunk of a new piece of a chunk of the Getz ice shelf
Another icy drawing from the archives for another hot day! “Cierva Cove, Antarctica no.2” 70x105 inches, soft pastel on paper, 2017
🎉HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAPA!🎉 My grandfather is NINETY EIGHT today!!!! Can you believe it?! Nobody can. This pic was taken 8 months ago at my opening at @winstonwachter NYC, but he still looks the same as he did 20 yrs ago, today. He plays racket ball, reads the NYTimes everyday, has girlfriends but won’t commit so he can still flirt with my gallery director every time he visits NYC. He wears the best sweaters and stole the show with this one! He served in the war and designed women’s lingerie for a living, like the kind that got full page spreads in Time Magazine. He lived through his only child’s passing (my mom ) and his beloved wife’s passing one year later. He is resilient, inquisitive, and open minded. He uses Instagram and follows all my posts. He is the smartest, wittiest, and most loving and supportive grandfather I ever could have hoped for. I am so grateful to have him in my life. I love you dearly, papa!
One of my favorite (and earliest! ) iceberg drawings for you on this hot and steamy (in NYC ) day ❄️ Greenland No.62, soft pastel on paper, 2012
Our last hour in Annecy looked like this. Plus fluffy ducklings. ✨🙌🏼✨
Missing this dock and these folks and that sunset already 💓
Five dreamy days in a dreamy house on a dreamy lake.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY @jrad_ !!!! My wandering, wild vagabond. I’m so glad you were born, and feel so lucky that I get to spend some time on this earth with you. Je t’aime trop fort! 😘
The “Venice of the Alps” and the fairy tale of my dreams ✨
When you’re perilously dangling 1000 feet above an Antarctic iceberg, only one shoe will do 👉🏼 @nativeshoes Like you, they biodegrade 🤗😵 #livelightly #theplantshoe . (Background is a new piece in progress! )
Lincoln Sea is off to summer in the Hamptons 💁🏻♀️ Come say 👋 at @toppingrosehouse !
I had no idea I was being photographed @_timdavis_
This week I participated in a symposium at @christiesinc called “The Roll of Art in the Environmental Crisis” along with artists, orgs and people I greatly admire like @janetbiggs1 , @miranda_massie , @climatemuseum , @nrdc_org , @justinbriceguariglia , @wavehill (and @georgeboorujy & @dianeburko in the audience! ) For years I’ve seen art fairs and exhibits void of art addressing our climate. It’s arguably the largest global crisis we face, and I think artists play a critical role in communicating such a complex issue. I am glad that an established art institution is hosting a climate discussion in their education programming, and honored to be a part of it🙌🏼 Thanks to #nancyprincenthal for inviting me, and Julie Reiss for hosting! (Video from 2 years ago by @kyle_corea ! )
Almost finished! This one is for me. I’ve never kept a drawing, and I decided it was finally time to. It’s an iceberg in Disco Bay, Greenland, where I spread my mom’s ashes.
Finally got to see “Metamorphosis: Changing Climate”, a group exhibition I’m in at @hearst galleries, with a number of amazing artists including @john_sabraw , @aiww , @alexisrockman , and more! On view till early Sept 👉🏼👉🏼Please contact @winstonwachter before your visit to be added to the guest list +1 (212 )-255-2718 (otherwise they won’t let you in! )👈🏼👈🏼. . Weddell Sea (Southeast off the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula ) 66° 8' 32.831"S, 49° 50' 32.118"W, October 27th, 2016, soft pastel on paper, 60 x 90 inches, 2018
As our climate changes, ice melt is speeding up. The rate at which all of Antarctica is shedding ice for example has tripled in the last decade. BUT real solutions to our climate crisis exist, and many of them are already at play. It’s a steep hill to climb, but I strongly believe we are heading in the right direction overall - we just need to seriously pick up the pace! 📷 @sarahaile