Angle of Repose – Gallery Installation

Angle of Repose is about the hidden ice in rock glaciers and their importance as slow-release water sources for down-valley ecosystems. A rock glacier looks to me as a human like a pile of sand would look to an ant. But underneath the rocks is an insulated core of ice. Last summer, I was standing on one, feeling like an ant, as I listened to meltwater flowing meters underneath me.

To create the piece, I made miniature rock glaciers from sand I collected from glacial runoff, studying how a human-induced freeze-thaw cycle can augment the transitory form of the sculpture. I replicate the glacial process in a human timeframe by layering sand and snow, applying pressure with my hands to compact the layers into ice. I document the melting of these miniature glaciers, collaborating with gravity and solar radiation to induce movement from frozen forms.

Angle of Repose was installed as part of the solo exhibition Uncanny Bodies, at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel Maryland, from June 11 – August 1, 2021. This video documents the installation in the gallery. Sound for the gallery environment was created by Jason Charney.

Angle of Repose is an iterative work that can be formatted for site-specific installations and projection mapping. A version of the work will be exhibited as part of Night Lights Denver during the month of September, 2021.

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1 Response to Angle of Repose – Gallery Installation

  1. I love the way the woman plays with the video! 🙂

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