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Canada’s leading contemporary outdoor and online art fair

July 12 – 14, 2024.

Carolyn Cheng

Exclusively Online

Carolyn Cheng is a contemporary Canadian photographer based in Toronto. She has shown at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Gallery 44, Ryerson University’s Paul H. Crocker Gallery and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Her work has also been awarded by the International Photography Awards (IPA), the Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3) and the International Landscape Photographer of the Year.

“Meltwater” is a series that illustrates melting glaciers in remote regions of Alaska, revealing the potential effects of climate change, if unabated. By introducing colour solarization into the work, the images showcase glaciers and meltwater pools not only in their natural state, but also in a future dystopian world. Solarizing the images creates vivid and surreal colour transformations; for example, blues turn to oranges where fragmenting glaciers resemble the wooden embers of a dying fire. With further experimentation of the image, solarization pushes the liquid blue of meltwater pools into electric magenta, fuschia and green. These warm unnatural colors render glacial pools into the visually familiar weather language of heat maps and thermograms; the latter illustrating meltwater pools as literal and figurative heat markers within the ice. In the face of the potential loss of these spectacular natural wonders, “Meltwater” invites reflection on the dramatic rise in glacier melt resulting in rising ocean levels, flooded coastal cities and challenging global weather disruptions.

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