The Archive of Disappearance

Sculptures, 2019/2020 – ongoing

The Archive of Disappearance – Sólheimajökull, 2019 (pics 1 + 2)
White concrete with marble sand
96 cm x 13 cm x 8 cm

The Archive of Disappearance – Gepatsch Ferner, 2020 (pic 3)
In the works - casting Gepatsch Ferner

In summer 2019 I started working on my long-term project »The Archive of Disappearance« in Iceland: a collection of glacier castings on a scale of 1:10.000. The glacier that I archived in Iceland is Sólheimajökull. It forms a glacier tongue of Mýrdalsjökull and it is the Icelandic glacier that is currently losing the most of its length and thickness each year since it melts the fastest.

In the summer of 2020, I took the negative form off the Gepatsch Ferner in Austria. The Gepatsch Ferner is the Austrian glacier that melts the fastest.

In a first step, I made the outline moulds of the glaciers to be cast to scale. Next I took the negative form off the glaciers with alabaster plaster. These surface casts of the glaciers were brought to my studio in Vienna and transformed into sculptures made out of white concrete.

Since cement production is responsible for up to 9% of all man-made CO2 emissions, I have chosen concrete as the material for the sculpture. There are two reasons for this: cement is required for the production of concrete and CO2 is released when this cement is energy-intensive fired. But the greater part of the emitted CO2 is released from the limestone as geogenic CO2 during the firing process.

This project was funded by a project grant of BKA - Section II - Art and Culture, Austria (2019), by a Work Grant of the Federal State of Tyrol, Austria (2020) and by a State Grant for Visual Arts, BMKOES, Austria (2021).