PAST

EMMA STIBBON

6 October 2006 - 22 October 2006

Drawing
Graphite media on coloured gesso primed board

Bristol artist, Emma Stibbon was sponsored in January to go to the Antarctic Peninsula. Traveling by ship across Drake’s Passage, a body of water between the southern tip of South America and Antarctica, she encountered the Antarctica Convergence where the northern waters and the colder Antarctic currents mix. Emma’s drawings reference this dramatic desolate area of rough seas, which is typically swathed in thick atmospheric fog, and also the underlying dynamics of the ice. Spectacular ice shelves, like drifting continents carved from the tongue of a glacier at the edge of an ice cap, head north and west, floating off until they reach a convergence; some last for 10 years before melting away.

From an environment where subliminal shades of white discreetly meet, her work expresses the frightening, massive state of this loneliness, and reveals its fragile purity threatened by the march of time. How long will that landscape remain?

Opening Thursday - Sunday 12:00 - 18:00
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