This series of five images come from Ellen Mueller’s “Cards submitted to “Vanilla Utopia” performance”, 2015, embossed plastic cards, 3.37″ ×2.125″each.
Burning Ice was developed during my recent two-month residency in rural Iceland, and focuses on connections between mountaintop removal practices in West Virginia and melting glacial ice. This body of work examines the changing societal attitudes about land and its uses. Using satellite imagery as my source material, I meticulously rendered views of endangered geographies in graphite on paper. Combining various media, I also published a print-on-demand book, making the work available to a wider audience and binding the piece to concepts of speed and consumption.
The creation of these works was funded in part by a Puffin Foundation grant, and completed at Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland, June-July 2013.