In 2009 I was in Antarctica with the United States National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. My focus was the study of ice and its structure. I returned with scores of field drawings and over 4000 photographs. Previously my work had been inspired by architecture, construction and (sub)urban environments. Nature appeared with a small "n" - a context for architectural practice, nothing more. Now, with Antarctica as a source material, some of my work has shifted content, and Nature plays a leading role. Examining natural patterns and structures, the plaid-like patterning of glaciers and other ice forms has become an obsessive exploration, and in developing a visual vocabulary of nature's frozen grids and plaids, I find echoes of my architectural iconography.
A brief blog from the residency can be found at: