Emma Stibbon

Research output: Non-textual outputExhibition


Solo exhibition. In 'Retreat' Emma Stibbon considers landscape as a site of psychological imagining and visual phenomena. Through force of nature such as geologically changing or glacially eroded landscape, Stibbon's interest lies in how apparent permanence can be so fragile. The artist set out to document the remains of summer Alpine glaciers in an extensive study. For 'Retreat' she has responded with a series of drawings in white chalk and graphite on blackboard and black prepared paper, and through a small animated film. In stark monochrome relief, the artist raises ice fields up from snow covered valleys: casts views from above expressing height and breadth and exposes the finiteness of this frail place appearing as a melancholy emptiness. Its fate is quietly obvious. A gallery discussion between Emma Stibbon and glaciologist Dr. Giles Brown on 5 October 2008
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sept 2008
EventRetreat - R O O M Waterson Street, London
Duration: 3 Jan 0001 → …


  • Drawing
  • printmaking
  • chalk on blackboard
  • animation
  • drawing in response to landscape
  • Alpine glaciers
  • glaciated landscape
  • glacier
  • north european sublime
  • romanticism
  • glacial retreat
  • global warming


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