Grand Rapids Art Museum

The slow retreat of Iceland’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, is something Danielle Rante has been exploring in the past year. This particular glacier has been retreating since 1920, with clear visual evidence from the base of the glacier to across the glacial lagoon to the ocean. The lagoon is constantly shifting, with icebergs flipping to balance themselves and pieces breaking from other pieces. When the iceberg calves, there is a brilliant teal blue that marks the fresh break before which then turns white again. The beauty of this phenomenon has a cost, and there is an extreme sadness to what we are witnessing. Chasing Ice is based on this Icelandic lagoon and its ever-changing state.

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