Albury regional gallery
In 2008 I journeyed to Antarctica as an Arts Fellow of the Australian Antarctic Division. Travelling south I had few preconceived ideas of what drawings I would make whilst there or what shape the work would take back in my studio. Many years later I am still exploring my experience of that vast frozen place.
The challenge has been to try and respond to the Antarctica I experienced. Out there, you have a constant awareness of movement and time. Some of it is so slow - gigantic ice sheets flowing towards the sea at seemingly imperceptible rates – but then you can also watch the sea water become ice in a matter of hours, or weather fronts moving across the horizon, rapidly altering the environment. The majority of what makes up the landscape is frozen water. Its shape is defined by this ever-creeping whiteness.
I felt that two dimensions of drawings and paintings captured a particular moment in time, while what I really wanted to represent was the deep time embodied in glaciers and ice sheets. I began to experiment with making short animations that functioned as time-lapse drawings of this landscape; a single drawing, repeatedly reworked and re-photographed, frame-by-frame.