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Below are Jpegs of paintings from "Circumpolar : View from the Top" - an October 2010 Solo Show at Gallery 1313, Toronto Canada

Artist's statement for the show, click here..

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Sixty Nine Degrees North Latitude
Living and surviving on the edge

2010 acrylic/canvas 12' w x 4'7"h

Glacier at Ilulissat, Greenland


Break Point
Carbon Emissions - Beyond Sustainable Tolerance

2010 acrylic/canvas 6' diameter offset semi-circular

Glacier near Ilulissat, Greenland

Reconfiguration - Remapping - Relocating

2010 acrylic/canvas 6' diameter offset semicircular

Glacier along coast, north of Ilulissat, Greenland


Frozen Majesty
Great Solitude - Immense -Silent - Untouched

2010 acrylic/canvas 6' diameter offset semi-circular

Glacier near Ilulissat, Greenland

Circumpolar - View from the Top
Ice Free Northwest Passage - Resource Exploitation and Unregulated Traffic

2009 acrylic/ 6' diameter round canvas

Greenland - Top of the World - Top of the Coastal Mountains
A different point of view.

Ice Cap Meltdown
Irreversible Global Catastrophe - Submerged Coastlines

2009 acrylic/ 6' diameter round canvas

Aerial view of receding glacier near Ilulissat, Greenland

Artist's Statement for "Circumpolar - View from the Top"

"Give me winter, give me dogs; You can keep the rest." - Knud Rasmussen

"Give me ice, give me mountains; You can keep the rest." - Diane White

Greenland or as named by the Inuit, " Kalaallit Nunaat", - immense, white and silent. Greenland was my destination and is my inspiration for my current artistic project. Rock, ice, changing atmospheric conditions and breathtaking, remote and isolated landscapes beckoned me back to the Arctic regions for backcountry field work. The idea of sketching and photographing in this area was exciting and challenging to me as an artist. I hiked mountains and glaciers, traveled on the sea to experience, first hand, ice conditions and the inherent dangers of this type of travel and also took to the air to glimpse a bird's eye view of the tremendous expanse of the coastline and the ice cap.

Aboriginal peoples of the Arctic Archipelago, have for centuries, established communication and social ties, irregardless of colonial borders. The Arctic has no borders only ice conditions. Regions above the Arctic Circle experience a biological border dictated by the cold. I, as an artist, have always been intrigued by borders and have employed borders to provide information and political content intimately interconnected with the central landscape of the painting..

My series of current paintings has layers of colour and information around the circumference of the canvas. The paintings are on six foot circular canvases or on semi-circular canvases arranged in abstract forms. The circular motif reflects the images found in the northern communities. The Inuit have relied on the sun, stars & moon for navigation. Daily living & social items such as the woman's knife, the Ulu, and the Shaman's drum are circular in nature. Native culture and customs revolve around circular life cycles. Rain and mist shrouded coastlines, ice packed fjords, stunning icebergs on a scale I haven't witnessed before, provide inspiration and material. Colours such as turquoise, brilliant blues, cobalts, purple, and brooding greys provide an ample palette for experimentation.

Base camp was the town of Ilulissat, on the west coast of Greenland, 69 degrees north latitude. Ilulissat is adjacent to the immense Sermeq Kujalleq glacier. The glacier produces the majority of icebergs in the northern hemisphere. When sketching I could hear the thunderous explosions of ice breaking away and of icebergs rolling over. It was a visual and auditory experience. The immensity of the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier is astounding and provided ample opportunity for study and exploration.

My continuing interest in global environmental issues also drew me to the Greenlandic Ice Cap. The ice cap is an immense, ancient, white dome of compressed ice and snow, weighty, but fluid at the edges, spilling out rivers of ice, down fjords into the ocean. The ice field is in danger of meltdown as a direct result of global warming. The global oceans could rise 7 meters, submerging coastlines and low lying islands world-wide. A disaster of horrific proportions; a direct result of the wasteful lifestyle practised by the so called developed world.

Diane White
October 2010

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