Cynthia Camlin
Glacial Speed

June 2 - July 2, 2011

Opening Reception: 5 - 8pm
First Thursday, June 2, 2011

For several years Cynthia Camlin has reacted to icebergs, glaciers and remote environments in work that bridges traditional landscape and abstraction. Glacial Speed imaginatively reconstructs the changing topography of a melting glacier. For the project, Camlin superimposed 80 watercolor paintings on screen prints of a glacier map and created a digital video that connects the paintings in succession. Combining chance procedures with traditional painting techniques, the work imagines water, ice, and earth – from crystalline patterns at the microscopic level to the formation and collapse of immense landscapes. Interpreting erosion, cracking, melting, refreezing through abstracted forms, the project asks how it would look for a glacier to melt, if you could watch the whole process year to year, decade to decade from above.

New to the Northwest, Camlin came to Bellingham in 2008 for a faculty position at Western Washington University. Her work has been exhibited in the Austin Museum of Art (Austin, TX), Western Gallery (Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA), the Hallie Ford Museum (Willamette University, Salem, OR), and the Boise Art Museum (Boise, ID). Camlin studied painting as a post-baccalaureate student at Yale University and received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000. She has a BA from Duke University and MA from the University of Virginia.

Hours: Noon-5pm Thurs-Sat,
or by appointment.

Next Exhibition:

Howard Barlow
(more info)


Glacial Speed

2008-10, 22" x 30" each, watercolor on screen print

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