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 and is available for rental from ExhibitsUSA for 2022-2027.

For other current and upcoming exhibitions of work from the project visit News & Events.

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

Slide "Canada Glacier from Lake Fryxell, Antarctica" (2015)
archival pigment print
32.5 x 50 inches
Canada Glacier from Lake Fryxell, Antarctica photograph 2015 32.5 x 50 inches
Slide "Canada Glacier from Lake Fryxell, Antarctica (2016-17)"
acrylic, oil and wax on high density urethane
15.5 x 60 x 17.5 inches
Canada Glacier from Lake Fryxell, Antarctica (2016-17), acrylic, oil and wax on high density urethane, 15.5 x 60 x 17.5 inches
Slide Helen Glazer and First Lady of Maryland Yumi Hogan at Opening Reception
August 3, 2017
Baltimore-Washington Marshall International Airport (BWI)
photograph on fabric panel, 7 x 10 feet
BWI Art Exhibition, August 3, 2017
Slide "Fractal Arch, Erebus Ice Tongue Cave"
archival pigment print, 26.75 x 40 inches
Fractal Arch, Erebus Ice Tongue Cave, Antarctica (2015), archival pigment print, 26.75 x 40 inches
Slide "Pressure Ridge Beneath the Double Curtain Glacier, Antarctica"
archival pigment print, 26.5 x 40 inches
Pressure Ridge Beneath the Double Curtain Glacier, Antarctica photograph 2015 26.5 x 40 inches
Slide "Scallopped Sand, Lake Hoare, Antarctica"
archival pigment print, 26.75 x 40 inches
Scallopped Sand, Lake Hoare, Antarctica
Slide "Ice Palace, Lake Hoare"
archival pigment print, 23.25 x 50 inches
Ice Palace, Lake Hoare, Antarctica (2015), archival pigment print, 23.2 x 50 inches
Slide "Blood Falls, Antarctica"
archival pigment print
10.75 x 22 or 24.625 x 50 inches
Blood Falls, Antarctica (2015), photograph
Slide "Penguin Subcolonies, Cape Royds"
archival pigment print, 14.75 x 22 inches
Penguin Subcolonies, Cape Royds, Antarctica (2015), archival pigment print, 14.75 x 22 inches
Slide "First Chick of the Season,
Cape Royds"
archival pigment print,
21.5 x 22.25 inches
First Chick of the Season, Cape Royds, Antarctica (2015), archival pigment print, 21.5 x 22.25 inches
Slide "Skua, Lake Hoare"
archival pigment print, 17 x 22.375 inches
Skua, Lake Hoare, Antarctica (2015), archival pigment print, 17 x 22.375 inches
Slide "'Seated Figure' Ventifact, Dry Valleys, Antarctica"
archival pigment print, 14.675 x 22 inches
Slide "'Bird' Ventifact, Dry Valleys, Antarctica" (2016)
acrylic on 3D-printed PLA plastic and polymer-modified gypsum
16 x 29.5 x 29.5 inches
Slide "'Bird' Ventifact, Dry Valleys, Antarctica" (2015)
archival pigment print
14.75 x 22 inches
Slide "Walking in Antarctica" exhibition installation
Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland
A Walk Over the Canada Glacier, Walking in Antarctica exhibition installation at Goucher College
Slide "Walking in Antarctica" exhibition installation
Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland
Walking in Antarctica exhibition installation at Goucher College

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Ice Cave & Sea Ice
(View 14 photos)

lake ice
Lake Ice
(View 11 photos)


Dry Valleys
(View 15 photos)


Penguins
(View 6 photos)


Sculpture
(View 4 sculptures)

Photo of Goucher exhibition
Installation Shots
(From 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.