Crossing the Cryosphere painting by artist Melissa Bain
Name: Crossing the Cryosphere
Medium: Mixed Media (Acrylic, Ink, Pencil, Oil Pastel on Canvas)
Dimensions: 48" x 60"
Price: $1739.00 Available for sale or licensing. Please inquire
Copyright: Copyright 2010 Melissa Bain. All Rights Reserved.

The Cryosphere (from the Ancient Greek word "κρύος" [cryos meaning "cold", "frost" or "ice"]) is the term which collectively describes the portions of the Earth’s surface where water is in solid form, including sea ice, lake ice, river ice, snow cover, glaciers, ice caps, ice sheets, and permafrost (frozen ground.) The Cryosphere is an integral part of the global climate system, and plays a significant role in global climate change.

“Crossing the Cryosphere” is my artistic interpretation of the word “Ice” -- as it relates to our consciousness and awareness of its importance to the environment and world today.
Like the metaphor crossing the Rubicon, our planet is in a state of disambiguation. We are living in a time in which we have witnessed a deliberate proceeding past a point of no return with climate change. Without question, the Cryosphere is melting; and we are just beginning to experience the infancy of its impact.

The “Crossing the Cryosphere” reflects this current reality with use of icey-cool colours and a metamorphosis of abstract textures melting on canvas.  The words “Cryosphere” and “Rubicon” are written chalkboard-like on black, (symbolic of what can not be wiped clean). The polar bear represents the losses and consequences that are faced; but also the opportunity for adaptation and evolution that will likely be the true salvation, and ultimate means of survival for all species.

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