Thomas Pickarski

Icescapes
Early on in my visual art practice, I became intrigued with the happenstance of occasionally discovering abstracted forms in nature. I developed the process of seeking out unusual shapes, by traveling through the fragile settings and desolate landscapes where they tend to be located. This drew me to arctic regions where I discovered a deep love for the eternal beauty of icebergs. They possess characteristics of color, shape, line, form and scale that exist independent from visual references we tend to be familiar with in the natural world. I find them to appear sculpturally magnificent, as if crafted in a way that seems too perfect for this world.

When I originally started my work, floating ice forms were simply nature’s manifestation of pure beauty. However, as scientific problems that affect us have evolved and the consensus has shifted, they are now also a symbol of impending
doom. As I continue my work, I am aware of both an urgency and a sadness I hadn’t anticipated. In my art, I aim to portray both the ethereal beauty of icebergs,
as well as the otherworldliness of the landscapes in which they exist.

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Title: Icescapes#10
Medium: Inkjet Print
Size: 7x18inch
Date: 2017

 

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Title: Icescapes#8
Medium: Inkjet Print
Size: 8x18inch
Date: 2017

 

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Title: Icescapes#6
Medium: Inkjet Print
Size: 6x14inch
Date: 2017

 

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Title: Icescapes#5
Medium: Inkjet Print
Size: 9x18inch
Date: 2017

 

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Title: Icescapes#1
Medium: Inkjet Print
Size: 8x18inch
Date: 2017

 

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Interior view of Museum of Czech China Contemporary Museum, 2017