Pigment pencil and water on mylar
Dimensions: 134.6cm (H) x 91.4cm (W) / 53" (H) x 36" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
This work is from a series titled Big Melt. It has been created with pigment pencils and ice. It captures the moment when solid is turning into liquid - not unlike when ice melts into water. The artist first draws vertical pigment lines and then methodically applies water or ice to make the lines melt and drip. When water has dried up the work has stopped making itself. This work is inspired by the witnessing of the rapid glacier melt happening around the Earth due to warming climate.
Based in: New York
Jaanika Peerna is an Estonian-born artist whose work encompasses drawing, video, installations and performances. She creates abstract drawings on thin plastic paper through intuitive physical movements inspired by, and reminiscent of dance.
In Peerna's studio work, she uses the physical movements of her body to simulate natural forces such as falling water, wind, gravity and momentum. She attaches a sheet of Mylar to a board then grasps a bunch of pencils in each hand. Touching the tips of the pencils to the Mylar she then executes a single, fluid, whole-body gesture, moving the pencils across the surface in emulation of the motion of natural phenomena such as a waterfall or storm surge. In this movement, Peerna's body becomes like water released. The pencils are an extension of Peerna's physicality and the image left behind on the surface is an instantaneous record of this singular natural event.
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