The Melting Icescapes
My thesis work is a series of oil paintings of landscapes and icescapes. My paintings depict the cold scenery of floating icebergs that are inspired by my favorite place in Iceland, called Jökulsárlón. The Jökulsárlón is a glacial lagoon, bordering Vatnajökull National Park in Southeast Iceland. The glacial lagoon flows through a short waterway to the Atlantic ocean, passing under a bridge on the main highway just before it blends into the vast ocean. I am drawn to the bright colors of the midnight sun in the Arctic.
This series narrates the beauty of the icebergs and hints at the sadness of them slowly melting away due to climate change. At this point it may be too late to reduce CO2 emissions enough to save the glaciers and ice sheets from melting. The issue of climate change is real and it will affect glaciers, humans, non-human animals, our land and oceans drastically in the next years. Nature does not belong to us. It is not something we can dispose of. We need to respect nature and rethink our relationship with our environment.