Fire & Ice

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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