Since working on the Meandering Narratives project, and realising the potential of ice as an art medium, I travelled to Longyearbyen on Svalbard in February 2019 with funding from a Professional Development Bursary awarded by Luminate. During this time, I took endless photographs of landscapes I had never before experienced, and on return, developed a body of work to which I gave the title Glacial Narratives. I worked mainly with monotype printing, and also tried to learn photo-etching. I created some artist books, and also explored the potential of wall – based installation works.
In developing this work further, I have the collaboration of the Edinburgh University School of Geo Sciences, to which I can refer for fact-checking and guidance. There is much to do – and I now feel that this work will become the main focus for the next while. It may be possible to contribute in some small way to the current climate crisis discussions by exhibiting work which balances an emotional and visual art response without generalising the scientific story.