Margot Cormier Splane Visual Artist

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Internationally Award Winning Artist

Glaciers Calving


Hand Pulled Serigraph ~ 22 Stencils

2020 ~ 3 x 4” ~ 8 x 10 cm

Edition 58, artist proofs 5

Continental glaciers melting and calving off chunks of ice. Here a calf is literally falling out of a glacier.

Continental glaciers are land-based ice formations. Icebergs are ice formations that are floating on the Ocean, and may or may not have broken off from land-based glaciers. When Continental glaciers cover huge land masses, like Greenland or Antarctica, they are called Ice Sheets. Huge ice sheets form at the poles in the Arctic and Antarctica, and smaller ones on high mountains. Glaciers range from hundreds of feet in thickness, up to 3 miles thick in parts of Antarctica. With Climate Change warming the poles the most quickly, these continental glaciers in the Arctic and Antarctic Ocean are beginning to fray at the edges. When the edges of a Glacier collapse into the ocean, the process is called Glacial Calving. The massive chunks of ice that fall off the glacier are called icebergs. Some of the icebergs are the size of small islands.
The phrase, ‘glaciers calving,’ has always given me an interesting visual image.

Glaciers calving every summer is a normal, and then the ice grows back the next winter. With Climate Change however, the accelerated rate at which the Glaciers are melting and calving today, coupled with shorter and less cold winters, are leading to permanent and accelerated shrinking of the Glaciers and Ice Sheets. Massive amounts of ice melting in the Arctic and Antarctica, is causing ocean levels to rise. It will also affect ice sheets on the peaks of mountains, which are critical sources of drinking water.

This serigraph has participated in the following International Exhibits;

2023  42nd Mini Print International of Cadaqués, Galerie L’EtangD’Art, Bages, France
2022  42nd Mini Print International of Cadaqués, Taller Galeria Fort, Cadaqués,Spain
2022  42nd Mini Print International of Cadaqués, Wingfield Barns, Wingfield, Suffolk, UK
2022  42nd Mini Print International of Cadaqués, Fundació Tharrats d’Art Gràfic, Pineda de Mar, Barcelona Spain
2021  Internationale d’art miniature’s 11th edition, Centre d’exposition Louise-Carrier, Ville-Marie, QC, Canada
2021  The International Contemporary Miniprint of Kazanlak, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2021  The International Contemporary Miniprint of Kazanlak, Kazanlak, Bulgaria