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Paula McCartney

A Field Guide to Snow and Ice

A Field Guide to Snow and Ice is my interpretation of the idea of winter. After moving from San Francisco to Minneapolis I decided to explore the snowy landscape. I now see winter everywhere, in every environment, in every season and categorize it by pattern, shape, and line rather than merely by substance.

This guide includes images of frozen waterfalls and stalagmites, snowfalls and wildflowers, as well as other icy forms in order to explore and reinterpret natural structures and the way they can reference multiple ideas on both micro and macro levels. Piles of gypsum sand become my snow-covered mountains. Elements are abstracted from the vast landscape to illustrate the winter of my imagination. The ambiguity of scale and substance helps the subjects transcend their source. With less, there becomes more.