Jaanika Peerna

The Big Melt, 2016

Pigment and water on mylar

119 x 91 cm

New York-based Estonian artist Jaanika Peerna’s work has always been fueled by the forces of nature. However, since 2016 the artist has taken on a more specific approach to address the climate breakdown we are all surrounded with in her performance drawing in ‘Glacier Elegy Projects‘. These projects consist of exhibition-size installations and live drawing performances, with the central piece being a large drawing, made with audience participation during her performance and subsequently melted with blocks of ice.

This earlier studio-based piece, ‘The Big Melt’, shares these concerns. The artist draws onto the mylar, before eroding the piece with ice.