ARTIST Jacob Waites
Shoji Gami Rice Paper
ABOUT THE PIECE
Polar deals with the current endangerment of Ursus maritimus, commonly known as the Arctic Polar Bear. Human contact, along with global temperature rise and subsequent melting of the polar ice caps that the polar bears use to hunt their food source have depleted these bears into endangerment. Their importance in indigenous Arctic tribes such as the Inuit and Nenet peoples ties in so closely with their existence, it is almost as if their culture will vanish along with the bears. Prints of Polar bears; their food source, the seal; and the Inuit and Nenet people along with their sacred symbols have been made onto rice paper sheets, which have been frozen into ice. Placing the blocks inside of a gallery simulates the effects of human contact and global warming on the polar bear's existence, viewing the piece destroys it.
AN EXTINCT PIECE
The ice pieces were hand chipped to create the appearance of glacial ice, already melted, the waning of these blocks will never be witnessed or reproduced again.
HAVE PHOTOS OF THIS PIECE?
Rather poetically, as I tried to create a timelapse of this piece melting in the gallery using a raspberry picam setup, the camera failed, and as a result I have little to no images or footage of the piece as it melted. If you do, please contact me.
PROCESS & TESTING
Molding the ice and judging the correct thickness for melt time took a lot of practice, all of the ice blocks had to be made with distilled water such that they would melt clear. Here are some photos of the prints before they were completed.