Photographs & Sculpture Exploring the Antarctic Wilderness

Walking in Antarctica is a project of photographs and sculpture by Helen Glazer inspired and informed by her experiences as a grantee of the National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. Her particular photographic vision, innovative application of emerging 3D technologies, and storytelling skills have enabled her to capture and communicate experiences of remote places that the tourist ships do not reach and few people get to witness in person. Through her artwork, Glazer strives to convey the wonder and complexity of the natural world to others, in order to motivate a desire to protect and preserve wild places.

Most of the images shown here were printed in 2016 and 2017. Work on the project is ongoing; other photographs are yet to be printed and other sculptures are in progress. A solo traveling exhibition premiered at Goucher College in 2017-2018. Other images, sculptures and subjects not presented at the original venue could also be included or substituted to tailor the display to a particular site’s space and mission.

Selected photographs and sculpture, project overview and links to more images and media coverage below.

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Ice Cave & Sea Ice
(View 14 photos)

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Lake Ice
(View 11 photos)


Dry Valleys
(View 15 photos)


Penguins
(View 6 photos)


Sculpture
(View 4 sculptures)


Installation Shots
(View 3 venues)

Overview, continued from above: The images surprise visitors with vivid depictions of richly articulated and colorful environments that counter the common perception of a bleak, white wasteland. The sculptures offer an opportunity to experience the unique polar ice and rock formations from different vantage points as objects in space and are the first, and thus far only, such sculptural works of the Antarctic landscape.

For the last two months of 2015, Glazer worked out of remote Antarctic scientific field camps and had access to protected areas that can only be entered with government permits or in the company of a skilled mountaineer. Insights from Glazer’s research and interactions with scientists enhanced her experience of nature during her residency. She returned with some 5,000 photographs and recorded her experiences in an online journal. Since then, she has been turning that rich cache of raw material into archival pigment prints, sculpture, and an accompanying narrative.

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LINKS

Audio tour Audio tour originally accompanying my Goucher College exhibition Walking in Antarctica, that combines personal narrative with sound effects to add an immersive multimedia component to the experience of viewing the art. Accessed by visitors via Wi-Fi in the gallery with their cell phones, the audio clips recount the journeys to these places, interactions with scientists and support personnel, vignettes of field camp life, sensory impressions, and technical information about the process of making the sculptures.

Video: Shows the process of making one of the sculptures, hosted on YouTube (running time 2:50).

Antarctica journal entries: Record of my experiences, entered as blog posts from November 15, 2015 to April 1, 2016.

Press: Features and interviews about the project have appeared on Vice Media's Creators Project, Atlas Obscura, and the Cloud Appreciation Society's websites, in print in various Baltimore publications, and on a Baltimore National Public Radio station.