Updated: Jul 14, 2020

I was looking forward to my month long artist residency program in Iceland this summer, but it will have to wait while the world focuses on healing.

My daughter running towards the "elf house", as the farmer called it, in March 2018.

The Old school arthouse residency in Hrisey Iceland is owned by the artgroup Nordanbal. The Old School AiR aims at being a substainable and non profitable residency. The main objective of the residency is to provide an opportunity for artists in all media including writers and performing artists to work, meet, exchange ideas, possibly cooperate and enjoy the peaceful life and scenery of the island.

Looking forward to future work with Old School.

Updated: Jul 9, 2020

My painting "Shelter" was created in March in the early days of my area's pandemic lock-down. I took advantage of this time to paint this portrait of my daughter to reflect my uncertainty, fear, and isolation as a dark, windy storm raged on outside the window.

Learn more about my thoughts on seeking solace in the natural and sensory worlds during the pandemic, as well as my experiences witnessing troubling changes to Nature in this interview by Maureen Seaberg, in "The Refuge of Nature."

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

A modern mythology of the human impacts on Earth, set against the drama of climate regeneration. "Fire & Ice," an Anthropocene Era based series of works based on ideas and dreams, representing the paradox of opposing forces: human survival versus nature that sustains us.

"Changing Migration" based on a dream, 2012

Dreams and nightmares of Climate Change. "The Last Goose" is a sketch created after a detailed post-apocalyptic dream on October 29, 2018. Survivors wore masks and devices monitoring environmental pollutants to avoid toxins impacting health. In the dream, researchers were sent to study the last Canadian Goose flock only to find the birds dying. No doubt my fears of air pollution are expressed as such nightmares. A study released on Sept.19,2019, reported billions of birds have vanished from North American skies over the past five decades.

I'm influenced by the styles of late 19th century Golden Age illustrators John Albert Bauer, Arthur Rackham, Kay Nielsen, and William T. Maud who worked with Scandinavian folktales. I am inspired by Nature themes within Norse mythology, and in concepts like fate and reverence of the seasons - concepts I feel are relevant and essential to documenting and processing today's environmental challenges.

Carrie Barcomb

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