Melting Ice - TX
El Paso Museum of Art
June 5th - 9th 2014
El Paso Museum of Art presents Melting Ice - TX , an artwork by artist Jyoti Duwadi, a site-specific art installation and education events to coincide with the exhibition Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art 1775-2012.
Melting Ice encourages deeper understanding of natural resources by encouraging viewers to contemplate the cause and effect of human interventions on landscapes and the larger issue of global warming. EPMA would like to discuss regional challenges that relate to the issues addressed in Vanishing Ice, including the examination of El Paso as part of the northern Chihuahuan Desert.
To illustrate the issue of vanishing natural resources, this outdoor installation, this frozen water; a resource not readily available in our arid climate in either liquid or solid form, Mr. Duwadi uses to create artworks that reflect cultural concepts and environmental issues. For the EPMA, Mr. Duwadi uses 60 blocks of ice ( 40 x 20 x 10 inches ) & LED strips to create the artwork, whose significance is about preserving nature and culture at this critical juncture in time.
Melting Ice-TX will be featured as part of a family day scheduled for the opening weekend on June 7. Due to the nature of this a temporary outdoor installation, EPMA Education staff has a rare opportunity to engage with visitors outside of the museum walls in a topic requiring action in the El Paso region, which is water conservation.
The length of time that Melting Ice-TX will last in El Paso’s climate is expected to be a few days. Determining the actual melting time will be a made into a guessing game for visitors. Visitors will also be encouraged to submit photos and comments about Melting Ice-TX to the EPMA Facebook accounts.
Artist Jyoti Duwadi addresses climate change through mixed media, site-specific installations. His installations on the topic have shown in New York City, Hong Kong and Katmandu. Through Melting Ice-TX at the EPMA, Mr. Duwadi will explore the “beauty of ice and the dramatic loss of glaciers around the world.”
The installation was created with the help from El Paso Museum of Art Installation Support Staff: Mundo Bueno, Luis Elorduy Ricardo Gonzalez Enrique Montes Chris Tapia.