Elizabeth Ogilvie is known for installations that combine film, architecture, science and sound in immersive environments. Her subject matter is water and, more recently, ice. The artist’s concerns, however, are both with the politics of climate change and with the sheer physical and emotional power of the element itself.
Ogilvie’s Below another sky residency, in September 2013, enabled her to film in Baffin Bay: between Baffin Island, in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, and northwest Greenland. All of the ice floes from the Ilulissat Icefjord in northwest Greenland (on UNECO’s World Heritage list since 2004) pass through these waters on route via the Davis Straits to the north Atlantic. This unique phenomenon has been studied for over 250 years and has informed our understanding of icecap glaciology and climate change.
Ogilvie has been researching ice for five years now and has also studied the Inuit’s relationship to ice through previous visits she has made to northwest Greenland. The residency enabled her to observe, film and photograph ice in various forms and to consider the cultural resonance of ice within the Arctic. The body of work she developed as a result of this trip was shown in a major solo exhibition at P3, London, in 2014. Working with Highland Print Studio, the artist has produced an experimental series of prints: ‘The Secret Language of Ice’.
Elizabeth Ogilvie (born Aberdeen, 1946) lives and works in Fife. She has exhibited widely throughout the UK and internationally: recent solo shows have been presented in London, Dundee, Glasgow and Osaka.