Lisa M Kellner

Ice Melt's Tyrant Spell (ME)

Ice Melt's Tyrant Spell
Site Responsive Installation
To be installed September 2012.

2012 CMCA Biennial
Curators, Suzette McAvoy and Daphne Anderson Deeds
Center for Maine Contemporary Art
Rockport, Maine
September 29 to December 02, 2012


This particular installation grew out of a culmination of experiences with ice and snow.  Mainers know about ice melt.  It's a thing to see, when a lake frozen solid three feet deep begins to melt and crack.  The solid ground of a frozen surface shifts once more into a fluid plane.  Nature outdoing itself. 

This year I visited Glacier Moreno in Argentina.  Every few years this glacier moves across Argentino Lake to form a natural bridge.  I was there after the most recent bridge had broken and became all too aware of the glacier as a moving, "living" entity. 

At its edge, the glacier forms sinuous ice structures in a brilliant blue against a violet-gray sky.  For this installation at CMCA, I wanted to recreate the formation, colors and sense of force encountered when ice melts.  Emily Brontë's poem,  Spellbound, articulates the experience I am trying to visually convey.  The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is the perfect location to bring together encounters with ice from opposite points on the globe.

As Walt Whitman noted:

"After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains."