A CREATIVE COLLABORATION BETWEEN ART AND SCIENCE
The research behind the artwork come from the ongoing joint UK NERC-CONICYT (Chile) ICEBERGS project. ICEBERGS aims to investigate the impacts of physical disturbance arising from climate-warming induced deglaciation on benthic communities around the West Antarctic Peninsula. This collaborative project involves partners at the British Antarctic Survey and at Bangor University, and at the Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepcion in Chile. We adopt a multidisciplinary approach across nested scales from individual to ecosystem level, and from an ecological to evolutionary scale, evaluating genetic, physiological, population, community and ecosystem impacts of this deglacial perturbation. The project builds on the pioneering Antarctic sclerochronological research of Alejandro Román González (Román González et al. 2016, 2017).
WELCOME TO THE EXHIBITION
Rare Earth is a creative collaboration between a team of scientists and two Cornish artists, investigating climate and environmental change in the Antarctic. This collaboration has explored worlds under the microscope, on the surface of the ice, in the ocean and on the ocean floor. This exhibition draws attention to the effects of climate change on the Antarctic environment and in turn, the impact these changes have on the planet as a whole.
ALEJANDRO ROMAN GONZALEZ
Alejandro is one of the members of the ICEBERGS project research team. As a Scientist and a photographer, Alejandro's beautiful imagery from Antarctica captures the desolate beauty of the landscape and the delicate intricacies of the microorganisms found beneath the surface. His landscape photography and micrographs have helped to inform the artwork of Katrina Slack and Bridget Roseberry
"My approach is experimental: for example, what happens when I mix this with that and use this type of gesture or pressure or tool. I start each painting without a plan or conscious vision; and I don’t try to finish it. I let the paint and the surface and what happens lead the way. At some point in the process I’m aware that I want the abstraction to become something, to have shape and structure – a successful piece in my mind is one that balances realism with abstraction, and tells a story. The landscapes that appear in the paint are often a surprise, related to memory, unexpected associations to things I have experienced or looked at that have resonated with me in some way. As an amateur musician I sometimes associate the process of painting with musical composition and the orchestration of different marks and materials."
"I work in a range of mediums for both my sculptures and painting. I incorporate photography, mixed media oil and acrylics into my paintings. I sculpt in clay, wire and found materials. For this project I chose to work with photography, plastics, clay, Antarctic sediment and glass slides.
My work, although varied, is always around ‘environmental themes’ so this was perfect for me as I have a fascination for Antarctica and an interest in the relationship between art, science and nature."
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