Breaking Up - mixed media and chalk on painted paper - 2013
The unforgettable journey that Ernest Shackleton took in 1914 to the Antartic has imprinted images of ice and boats on me. Shackleton’s purpose was to be the first explorer to cross that continent with dog sleds via the South Pole. His famous ship, the “Endurance”, was frozen, broken and sunk in the ice, causing the crew of 28 to be stranded on a major ice flow for 14 months.
Once all had miraculosly beached there in the 3 boats, they realized this place could not sustain them for long. The James Caird, which had been battered and hauled over ice in extreme conditions, was once again in the open sea with Shackleton and two other men making a perilous 800 mile journey to So. Georgia Island. After finding the whaling station there, they were able to get help and rescue the stranded crew. No one perished! A story of hope, will power and endurance!
Jelaluddin Rumi, the 13th century mystic poet has inspired me with these words:
Late, by myself, in the boat of myself,
no light and no land anywhere,
cloudcover thick. I try to stay
just above the surface,
yet I’m already under
and living with the ocean
Silver Ice - mixed media on painted paper - 2013