“As an environmentalist it is important to me that my interventions in nature are subtle and leave no lasting traces. I hope that this work accentuates the beauty and uniqueness of the natural environment, and thus inspires awe and appreciation for our precious natural world.”
These wonderful, monumental Snow Drawings are etched into a canvas of pristine snow, one snow-shoed step at a time, by environmental artist Sonja Hinrichsen.
The artist works alone, or with small groups of local volunteers, to create these ephemeral works in fields, meadows, and pastures, or on frozen lakes and rivers. Beginning in the winter of 2009 during an artist residency in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Hinrichsen has incised her delightful Snow Drawings into the frozen landscapes of Northern New Mexico, the Sierra Nevada, New York’s Hudson Valley and Northwestern Colorado. Each natural landscape inspires a unique interplay of topography and voluminous drawings.
The fleeting works in snow vanish in hours or days by nature’s intervention with a new snowfall, wind’s drifting or sun’s melting. The artist relies on rapid documentation on the ground and from the air for archives of large-scale, panoramic digital prints, and video (see below).
“Lately my works have often included interventions or rituals that I perform in the environment. These are documented photographically and on video, which then becomes integrated in media installations. The traces left in the environment are non-permanent and any evidence will be erased by nature. While I like to unfold my work in large immersive experiences using digital media, I am not interested in creating lasting art pieces, as I believe that our world is over-saturated with man-made products.”
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