Antarctic Ice Paintings
on exhibit at The Gallery at Kona Kai Resort in
Key Largo, Florida.
Miami artist Xavier Cortada's
"Antarctic Ice Paintings" will be on display at The Gallery
at Kona Kai in Key Largo, Florida from Wednesday, August 14th 2013 through
Sunday, April 7th 2014.
Completed in Antarctica between
December 2006 and January 2007, Cortada's "ice paintings"
were created using samples
given to him by
scientist's onsite during his National Science
Foundation Artist and Writers Antarctic fellowship.
from Antarctic sea ice and the western
sheet, combined with sediment from the McMurdo dry valley mountain
ranges, Cortada's abstract, thought-‐ provoking
"Antarctic Ice Paintings," express the artists' concern over global warming and the threat from melting polar ice.
Inspired by his Antarctic lab-‐mates, Cortada
asked the researchers to provide him with
ice core samples from their investigations. He began experimenting with them and the result was
a collection of nine-‐by-‐twelve-‐inch watercolors.
packed my canvases,
brushes and paints before my South Pole trip, not knowing what to expect." While at Antarctica's McMurdo Station on Ross Island, working alongside
biologists, geologists, oceanographers, physicists
and other researchers studying the
Antarctic, Cortada "ended
up making these ice paintings of and about Antarctica.
In part it was accidental," Cortada says, adding: "A scientist working
next to me was researching how single-‐cell algae
would cluster to avoid being
eaten, while another
was examining the effects of temperature change on life in the Dry Valley,
Antarctica's most arid region."
Cortada hopes his art challenges
us to live in harmony with nature and that it reaffirms the notion that we are simply
custodians of the planet.
American painter Xavier Cortada resides
in Miami, Florida.
His work is exhibited in museums, galleries, government and cultural venues
across the Americas, Europe and Africa. Cortada develops participatory art projects to engage communities
in local action. He has worked with scientists, arborists and environmental managers to develop eco-‐art projects engaging community residents in bioremediation, coastal reforestation and coral reef preservation. This year he will be working with Monroe
County schools on an eco-‐art project in conjunction with The Fairchild Challenge at The
Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort in Key Largo.
The National Science
Foundation Antarctic Artists
and Writers Program supports writing and artistic projects specifically designed to increase understanding and
appreciation of the Antarctic and of human activities on the southernmost
The Gallery at Kona Kai is located on the grounds of Kona Kai Resort,
Gallery and Botanic Gardens at 97802 Overseas
Highway in Key Largo; telephone: 305-‐852-‐6914. It
is open daily from 10am to 6pm.
For more information contact Joe Harris @ 305-‐393-‐2504 or 305-‐853-‐8102 or e-‐mail: firstname.lastname@example.org