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Erika Blumenfeld: AstroArtist of the Month (Blog 2 of 4)

Erika Blumenfeld Title: Untitled (Antarctica, 30 January 2009, 16:51:41 GMT) Date: 2009 Medium: Archival digital pigment print Size: 40x60 inches (101.6 x 152.4 cm)  Description: In January 2009, Blumenfeld was invited to Antarctica for a six-week artist-in-residence. Living and working on Earth’s southernmost continent amidst the vast ice fields, luminous glaciers, ancient rock mountains, and the ice-covered sea, Blumenfeld created several new bodies of photo and video-based works. The images depict the natural phenomena of the Antarctic landscape, and portray rarely seen details and patterns of Antarctica’s ephemeral nature.   During my time at the McDonald Observatory, my artistic direction took a radical turn. Night after night, looking up at the universe through the intensely dark and unpolluted sky, I considered how few people around the world have the opportunity to look up and see the stars, planets and constellations so clearly and be witness to their profound beauty. These thoughts led me to reflect on the historical versus contemporary relationship between our natural environment and our civilization. While our technologies have, stunningly, allowed us to see into the microcosm of our bodies and the macrocosm of our universe, we are facing a moment where our technologies are also aiding in certain destabilizing effects to our earth, our water and our air. The stark polarity of positive and negative attributes intrinsic to technological advancement is a compelling place for me as an artist to begin exploring humanity’s relationship to Earth’s environment. If one lives in a rural area on Earth, one might experience the amazing... Read More..