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

Glaciers are land based ice formations, If they cover huge land masses, like Greenland or Antarctica, they are called Ice Sheets. These primarily form in the Arctic and Antarctic Circle, and on high mountains. Glaciers range from hundreds of feet in thickness, up to 3 miles thick in parts of Antarctica. With Climate Change, thawing glaciers which extend past the land they sit on into the Arctic and Antarctic Ocean, are beginning to fray alarmingly at the edges. When the edges of a Glacier collapse into the ocean, the process is called Glaciers Calving, and the massive chunks of ice that fall off the glacier are called ice burgs. Some of the ice burgs are the size of small islands. Historically some glacier calving happens every summer, 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 in the Arctic and Antarctica circles, as well as on the peaks of mountains. Massive amounts of ice melting, is also causing ocean levels to rise. Like throwing ice cubes into a bath tub, one after another, after another, eventually, it becomes apparent that the level of the water is rising.


The phrase, ‘glaciers calving ,’ has always given me an interesting visual image, which you now get to share in my calf painting, or more correctly my Hand Pulled Serigraph.