From Peter Leix: “I spent the summer in Iceland working on a farm and then I camped around the Island while shooting video. The last two days of my journey I found a thousand year old Glacier meeting its final demise in a surreal blue lagoon near the Atlantic Ocean.
I was unaware at the time that this was happening while Greenland was experiencing the largest icecap melt in years. This made me think about how we got to the point where we’re altering the climate in such away and this inspired the making of this piece. Recently I have been interested in the idea that otherworldly gods and an afterlife could effect our treatment of the environment. I also wanted to show some direct human causes of the warming temperatures.
I researched the video archives for evidence of the propagation of the use of fossil fuels. I appropriated footage to work with the imagery I shot while in Iceland that spoke to the possible causes for global warming both contemporary and more far-reaching. There are no absolutes in this piece except the disappearance of a glacier. The combination of multiple images on screen at once allows the viewer to make their own connections and allows for a broader interpretation of the work. I want people to think actively when engaged with the piece; it’s not meant to be passively observed.”