The Glacier Project is an installation about Colorado’s fourteen remaining but disappearing glaciers, and the need to record, remember and respect them and our environment. It was created from strenuous treks to see the glaciers, then photographing, sketching, and making paintings from my observations. Fourteen watercolors in shades of blue, brown and grey speak softly of my journeys. The vertical format emphasizes the layers of rock, water, ice, and sky, and is reminiscent of Asian landscape paintings. As opposed to the Western need to put humans in the center of the universe, Eastern tradition places nature at the center.
By travelling to the glaciers in person, I make a pilgrimage of faith, one that may not be possible in the years to come. The hardship of the hikes alludes to the difficulty of preservation; the recording of them calls attention to their meaning. They are painted with respect and feeling of caring for these monuments of nature and icons of a planet in trouble, and a sense of the loss and the urgency to protect our environment. Our own inability to act to stop the warming of our climate, the walls we must scale to bring about a change in our policies, our detrimental human activities, and our efforts to stop them and reverse the damage we have done to the planet, all come into play. Without glaciers, without the water that provides drinking water, irrigation water and water for hydroelectricity, communities will be adversely affected. Flooding from premature glacial melt, rising ocean levels, and change in climate due to solar absorption create new challenges. People must adapt or suffer. Glaciers are an important symbol in the issue of climate change. Glacier Project is a devoted portrait of a precious natural resource.
Trine Bumiller grew up in the Ohio River valley of Cincinnati, Ohio. She currently lives and works in Denver and Fraser, Colorado. She is a graduate of The Rhode Island School of Design and spent a year with RISD in Rome, Italy. After graduating, she lived in New York City, working for Betty Parsons and Jack Tilton Galleries and pursuing her own studio work. Since moving to Colorado she has exhibited her work nationwide in galleries and museums. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, ArtNews and the New Art Examiner.
Her work has been commissioned for companies such as Four Seasons, the Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong, and Jacobs Engineering. Other corporate collections include Chase Manhattan, HBSC and Century Link. Public collections include the city of Denver, the state of Colorado, the University of Iowa and the Japanese Consulate. trinebumiller.com