Presented works are selected from my recent project exploring the ephemeral and entropic properties of melting ice as a means of production of unique and variable print outcomes. With reference to research and examples of site-specific work produced in Sweden, these works demonstrate how natural phenomena can be apprehended and represented through the means of artistic production and how these can be translated into aesthetic experience.
The works are physical recordings of idiosyncratic documentation methods involving: collecting and documenting ice on locations, ice printing on paper and recordings of ice melting projections. Extended experiments, based on investigation of the process of irreversible and spontaneous change of melting ice applied to paper, investigated how the transient and contingent qualities of ice can be employed in the process of printing and also serve as an alternative method for bringing the remote locations of the frozen Swedish lakes to viewers.
Iwona Abrams is a Senior Lecturer at University of Westminster and Associate Lecturer at the Royal College of Art. She works as a visual artist, designer and researcher. Her research focus is expanded printing exploring conceptual issues around new processes and alternative modes of printing. Abrams is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design and Krakow Academy of Fine Arts. Awards include major prizes at the International Krakow Printmaking Triennial and RCA’s Augustus Martin Award. Her print and installation works have been exhibited at established venues such as Künstlerhaus Gallery, Vienna, Dalarna Museum, Sweden and Zachęta National Gallery, Warsaw. Research published in ‘Printmaking at the Edge’, Richard Noyce, A&C Black London, Printmaking Today, Vol 13, ‘Koszarowa 17’, ASP Katowice, Folia Academiae, ‘A Survey of Photomechanical Print’, Fine Research Bristol UWE Bristol and numerous public galleries’ exhibition catalogues.