This latest work by Ian van Coller is from his ongoing series, The Transparency of Ice and the Melting of Deep Time. It merges art and science; van Coller collaborates with researchers who study the depicted sites and later annotate the image. The unique prints are beautiful and thought provoking.
To create this work in the Beartooth Mountains, van Coller worked with Dr. Craig Lee, Research Scientist at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Lee specializes in environmental archaeology; human responses to climate change; archaeometry; and historical ecology.
The site is an Ice Patch in the Beartooth Mountains, Montana. As the ice recedes, the remains of thousands of bighorn sheep have been revealed. Dr. Lee worked on the site, which has been identified as a kill site used by the Shoshone over 6,000 years ago. At 10,000 feet elevation, the site is surprisingly high for a sustained hunting ground.
Beartooth Mountains by Ian van Coller
30 x 40 in. | unique | $6,000