ARCTIC BLUE DRIFT ICE I (2017)
Recycled foam, wooden panels, acrylic paint and water-based pigments.
72” x 48” x 2”
De St. Croix’s relief paintings show various forms of Arctic ice, such as multi-year ice, which stays frozen for consecutive seasons, or dark ice, which is caked with algae. In Arctic Blue Drift Ice, the artist begins with a blue-black ground like cold water devoid of reflected light, on top of which he carves sections of ice drifting apart and making the water underneath seem exposed.