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Gabriel Warren

My sculpture has been informed by big ice for decades. In 1999 I became the first sculptor from any country to be sent (in my case by the NSF) to Antarctica. I was sent again in 2006, becoming one of only eight to be a ʻrepeat offendersʼ. 

In 2001 I resided for five weeks on Canadaʼs largest icebreaker in the Autumn, as the sea froze over in the Lancaster Sound / Parry Channel area of the Northwest Passage. In 2014 I resided as a team member of a science party on the Greenland Ice Capʼs “Lake District”, researching climate change. 

I try to position my art at an intersection of art and science. It is my aspiration that my experiences in both polar regions afford me some authority about matters both visual and intellectual. If I include a visual pattern or refer metaphorically to a glaciological phenomenon, it is because I have actually seen it, or been told personally by an expert. Of course, I take liberties to make what I do Art, but it is always erected on a solid foundation in the natural world. 

The diptych currently at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds is a member of my series “Piesterion”, which loosely refers to cores drilled out of ice sheets, caps, and glaciers."

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