Last year Laura Von Rosk got the chance of a lifetime to accompany a scientific expedition to the icy wilds of Antarctica where she assisted at dive holes (the research involved diving under the ice), watched seals, hiked the glaciers and took pictures. She sent Numéro Cinq two lovely photo-and-text pieces on her time at the bottom of the world — “What It’s Like Living Here in Antarctica” and “More Adventures at the Bottom of the World.” A landscape painter by vocation, Laura has since produced a magnificent body of paintings based on her trip. Some of these pictures are currently on display at the Clement Art Gallery in Troy, New York, (July 27 to August 27). NC readers have a unique opportunity here to compare pre- and post-Antarctica paintings, to see how a painter brings her own set of formal concerns and passions to a new landscape. Also you can look at Laura’s photos and see how the land forms of Antarctica transformed under her brush. More of the Antarctica paintings can be found at Laura’s own web page.
Untitled (pressure ridges), oil on wood, 12″ x 12″.
Untitled (dive hole study 2), oil on mylar, 17.5″ x 9″.
Blue Glacier, oil on wood, 12″ x 12″.
Sea Ice, oil on wood, 12″ x 12″.
Moat Melt, oil on wood, 12″ x 12″.
— Laura Von Rosk
Laura Von Rosk lives with her dog Molly on a lagoon just outside Schroon Lake, New York. She curates the Courthouse Gallery at the Lake George Arts Project, a gallery dedicated to the experimental and the avant garde.