Xavier Cortada, recipient of a 2006-2007 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers fellowship, traveled to Antarctica to implement a series of projects and installations. While there, the Miami artist created "ice paintings” using sea ice, glacier and sediment samples provided to him by scientists working in Antarctica. The artist titled the works on paper by randomly selecting the names of geographic features from a map of the continent that inspired their creation.
Antarctic Sea Ice series
Xavier Cortada Ice Paintings: Antarctic Sea Ice series Medium: Sea ice from the Antarctica's Ross Sea, sediment from Antarctica's Dry Valleys and mixed media on paper Size: 12 inches x 9 inches Year: 2007 Created onsite at McMurdo Station, Ross Island, Antarctica
Ice Paintings: Western Antarctic Ice Sheet series
Xavier Cortada Ice Paintings: Western Antarctic Ice Sheet series Medium: Ice from Western Antarctic Ice Sheet, sediment from Antarctica's Dry Valleys, and mixed media on paper Size: 12 inches x 9 inches Year: 2007 Created onsite at McMurdo Station, Ross Island, Antarctica