“Blackfoot Glacier—The Last Glacier”
by Todd Anderson
2014
Reductive jigsaw woodcut, six runs and eight colors
20” x 30” (image)
Printed on archival Okawara Washi paper
Loose edition of 13 individual prints

My intent as an artist is to share the beauty of a changing world. My practice involves long-term, team-based projects that investigate ecological changes caused by global warming. For the last several years these projects have focused on creatively documenting glacial retreat in varying parts of the world. To this end, I create original artworks through handmade printmaking techniques.

On display at IMPACT is Blackfoot Glacier, a woodcut print generated from real world travel and documentation. The artwork is part of a larger body of work that documents the last glaciers of Glacier National Park in Montana, USA. Blackfoot Glacier concerns the arrival of an uncertain environmental future. Snowpack melts and is no longer replenished; an ecological collapse is imminent.

This artwork, along with those from the same series, is situated in a gap between a hard 21st century environmental reality and bygone conceptions of the natural world. The artwork insists that climate change is categorical while beauty, however temporal, still remains. As real time passes the artwork transforms into a multi-generational artifact that share stories of mortality and resiliency in the face of a changing planet.

 

Todd Anderson
Assistant Professor, Head of Printmaking Area
Art Department
College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities
Clemson University

Todd Anderson was born in Rochester, Minnesota, USA. Anderson received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Anderson apprenticed in multiple print studios over the course of many years, eventually becoming a fine art collaborative printer in his own right. For the last decade he has worked as a university professor. With 100+ unique exhibitions to his credit, Anderson is an active artist. His artwork has been acquired broadly, including The Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, the New York Public Library, the Robert B. Haas Family Art Library at Yale University, the U.S. Library of Congress, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Anderson resides in Clemson, South Carolina, with his wife, two children, and dog.