Glacier Elegy project

 

Jaanika Peerna’s work has always been fueled by the forces of nature but since 2017 the artist has taken on more specific approach to address the climate breakdown we are all surrounded with. Ever since she was a little girl dreaming of becoming an Olympic figure skater, ice has been close and dear to her: its toughness, transparency, beauty as well as fragility. As we are witnessing a massive and furious melting speed of glaciers in polar regions these past decades Peerna has been looking for ways to face the facts, heal the soul as well as act an an artist in order to help slow the destruction down. Her Glacier Elegy projects consist of exhibition-size installations and live drawing performances where at first a large drawing is made with audience participation and then melted with blocks of ice. The audience is included in a collective experience of creating something only to be literally melted away by the end of the performance. The project has had a stong impact on the participants in diverse communities and locations where Peerna has performed, incuding ArtDepoo gallery in Tallinn, Estonia, Glynn Vivian Gallery in Swansea, UK, Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT, and on the East River in Brooklyn, NY.

Tipping Point 10
Tipping Point 10

pigment pencil on Mylar, 54x36”, 2019

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Tipping Point 5
Tipping Point 5

pigment pencil on Mylar, 54x36”, 2019

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Big Melt 17
Big Melt 17

pigment pencil and water on Mylar, 54x36”, 2017

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Meltdown 18
Meltdown 18

pigment pencil and water on Mylar, 36x36”, 2019

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Glacier Elegy Brooklyn
Glacier Elegy Brooklyn

performance in public park with a a block of ice, 3 dancers, 35 min, 2020

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Glacier Elegy Brooklyn
Glacier Elegy Brooklyn

performance in public park with a a block of ice, 3 dancers, 35 min, 2020

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Glacier Elegy Brooklyn
Glacier Elegy Brooklyn

performance in public park with a a block of ice, 3 dancers, 35 min, 2020

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Glacier Elegy Brooklyn
Glacier Elegy Brooklyn

performance in public park with a a block of ice, 3 dancers, 35 min, 2020

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Glacier Elegy Brooklyn
Glacier Elegy Brooklyn

performance in public park with a a block of ice, 3 dancers, 35 min, 2020

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Glacier Elegy Cold Spring
Glacier Elegy Cold Spring

performance in public park with a block of ice, 1 dancer, 30 minutes, 2020

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Glacier Elegy Cold Spring
Glacier Elegy Cold Spring

performance in public park with a block of ice, 1 dancer, 30 minutes, 2020

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Glacier Elegy Cold Spring
Glacier Elegy Cold Spring

performance in public park with a block of ice, 1 dancer, 30 minutes, 2020

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Glacier Elegy Cold Spring
Glacier Elegy Cold Spring

performance in public park with a block of ice, 1 dancer, 30 minutes, 2020

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Glacier Elegy Cold Spring
Glacier Elegy Cold Spring

performance in public park with a block of ice, 1 dancer, 30 minutes, 2020

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March Solace 35
March Solace 35

diptych, pigment print and color pencil on Mylar, 53x72”, 2021

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March Solace 26
March Solace 26

diptych, pigment print and color pencil on Mylar, 53x72”, 2021

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ReRouted Flight
ReRouted Flight

audience activated wall installation with instructions, about 6x10 feet, 2020 at Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia

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ReRouted Flight
ReRouted Flight

audience activated wall installation with instructions, about 6x10 feet, 2020 at Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia

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ReRouted Flight
ReRouted Flight

audience activated wall installation with instructions, about 6x10 feet, 2020 at Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia

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ReRouted Flight
ReRouted Flight

audience activated wall installation with instructions, about 6x10 feet, 2020 at Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia

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March Solace 21
March Solace 21

pigment print and color pencil on Mylar, 52x35”, 2021

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March Solace 33
March Solace 33

pigment print and color pencil on Mylar, 53x36”, 2021

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March Solaces on studio wall
March Solaces on studio wall

2021, New York

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detail of Glacial Melt
detail of Glacial Melt

pigment pencil and water on hand cut Mylar attached to wall with magnets,2021

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Glacial Melt
Glacial Melt

pigment pencil and water on hand cut Mylar attached to wall with magnets, 62x23x11”, 2021

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cold love installation view
cold love installation view

Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, 2019

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cold love installation view
cold love installation view

Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, 2019

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cold love installation view
cold love installation view

Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, 2019

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cold love
cold love

water-soluble pigment on hand-cut mylar, magnets; about 26x9', 2019 Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, 2019

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cold love
cold love

water-soluble pigment on hand-cut mylar, magnets; about 26x9', 2019 Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, 2019

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cold love
cold love

water-soluble pigment on hand-cut mylar, magnets; about 26x9', 2019 Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, 2019

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cold love detail
cold love detail

water-soluble pigment on hand-cut mylar, magnets; about 26x9', 2019 Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, 2019

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spill (detail)
spill (detail)

water-soluble pigment on hand-cut mylar, magnets, 14x11', 2019

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cold love installation view
cold love installation view

'spill' & 'big blue melt 3' Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, 2019

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big blue melt 3
big blue melt 3

water soluble pigment, pencil, water, colored pencil on mylar, 53x36” 135x92cm, 2018

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tipping point 2 & 3
tipping point 2 & 3

pigment pencil on mylar, 53x36” 135x92cm, 2018

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cold love installation view
cold love installation view

'screech of ice' Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, 2019

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screech of ice 74
screech of ice 74

graphite and color pencil on mylar, 11x9” 28x23cm, 2019

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screech of ice 76
screech of ice 76

graphite and color pencil on mylar, 11x9” 28x23cm, 2019

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screech of ice 77
screech of ice 77

graphite and color pencil on mylar, 11x9” 28x23cm, 2019

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glacier elegy (hartford) performance
glacier elegy (hartford) performance

participatory performance, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, 2019

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glacier elegy (hartford) performance
glacier elegy (hartford) performance

participatory performance, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, 2019

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glacier elegy (hartford) performance
glacier elegy (hartford) performance

participatory performance, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, 2019

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glacier elegy (hartford) performance
glacier elegy (hartford) performance

participatory performance, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, 2019

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glacier elegy (hartford) performance
glacier elegy (hartford) performance

participatory performance, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, 2019

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glacier elegy (tallinn) exhibit
glacier elegy (tallinn) exhibit

artdepoo gallery, tallinn, estonia, 2018

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glacier elegy (tallinn) exhibit
glacier elegy (tallinn) exhibit

artdepoo gallery, tallinn, estonia, 2018

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glacier elegy (tallinn) exhibit
glacier elegy (tallinn) exhibit

artdepoo gallery, tallinn, estonia, 2018

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glacier elegy (tallinn) exhibit
glacier elegy (tallinn) exhibit

artdepoo gallery, tallinn, estonia, 2018

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glacier elegy (tallinn) performance
glacier elegy (tallinn) performance

artdepoo gallery, tallinn, estonia, 2018

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