Ice-breaker with large flippers base created in porcelain.
H56 x L72 x D50 cm / 17 kgs
The arctic ice is melting at an unprecedented rate and it is poised at an irreversible tipping point. The people of the world are watching these changes—some apprehensive; some readying themselves with more technology to take advantage of the changing possibilities, increasing their number of icebreakers.
The rapid thawing of the arctic is revealing many new archeological findings. The recently discovered prehistoric toothed arctic bird Tingmiatornis arctica is used as a visual reference in this work, alongside the humpback whale, a species spotted in arctic waters outside its normal range. I play with the forms of animals which are intertwined with the form of an icebreaker ship and abstracted to create a surrealist organic landscape. In this landscape, I create dream-like interactions between humans and wildlife to express how human beings around the globe are attempting to emotionally process current findings about climate change and its significance.
By constructing this work in two parts balancing together, I hope to explore the idea of fragility that is inherent to clay to convey the sense of peril that surrounds the subject, as seen in the delicacy with which the piece is balanced. A vessel is placed on a structure that suggests the flippers of a whale or perhaps bones, perhaps a landscape. The reference is open – visual information is limited to create a sense of the unknown.