Isobel Pritchard’s work focuses on the Anthropocene Epoch, specifically the negative impact modern society and consumerism is having on the planet. Using polarised light, Isobel photographs and films ice samples as they melt, this technique causes the ice to light up, exposing the mosaic qualities and colours of its structure. Water sourced from various areas of the UK is used, targeting areas that had different levels of environmental impact from expanding human activity. Isobel creates sculptures made of entirely recycled materials to house the images that she has captured. She projects magnified images of the ice as it melts to reflect small changes in the environment impacting the entire planet. These images and structures were inspired by Isobel’s interaction with the British Antarctic Survey. All materials used were waste and supplied by Newcastle University Sustainability Team, Newcastle University is currently recognised in the top 20 Universities in the UK for environmental performance (to learn more go to http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainable-campus/).
With special thanks to Dr Liz Thomas (British Antarctic Survey) and Hannah Owens and the rest of the Sustainability Team.