Adele Gibson

Overview

We are living in the Anthropocene and Adele's work engages with this theme of present history: a time where the impact we are having on the planet is being considered within the longer history of the earth. At this moment in time, how we negotiate this impact alongside our desire for progress and consumption will affect our very survival.  In July 2018 Gibson participated in the Arctic Circle residency, a 3-week art and science expedition to Svalbard in the high Arctic. This experience, together with her time spent in Iceland and the Amazon basin has provided the inspiration for Adele's work. 

Works
Biography

We are living in the Anthropocene and Adele's work engages with this theme of present history: a time where the impact we are having on the planet is being considered within the longer history of the earth. At this moment in time, how we negotiate this impact alongside our desire for progress and consumption will affect our very survival.  In July 2018 Gibson participated in the Arctic Circle residency, a 3-week art and science expedition to Svalbard in the high Arctic. This experience, together with her time spent in Iceland and the Amazon basin has provided the inspiration for Adele's work.

Gibson uses different media in the making of her work however the theme and concerns are consistent.  She uses nature directly: for example, the movement of the tide and the melting of frost together with carbon and iron oxide pigments. These pieces aim to make lasting visible traces of these ephemeral processes.

Drawing inspiration from historical aesthetic of the Northern Romantic tradition and uses the motifs of fire and ice as evocations of the environmental theme.  She considers her work to be elegiac in that it stems from my sadness for what we have already lost and my concern for the fragility of what remains

Adele Gibson has painted professionally since completing her MA in Fine Art at the University of Brighton in 2017 and her paintings aim to convey a sense of the sublime beauty of the High Arctic region which has fascinated artists for centuries, however her work is particularly poignant given the rapid changes to the region and the fragility of the ecosystem there. Her practice also includes watercolour works made in the environment using natural process like the movement of the tide and the melting of frost.  Her works are regularly sold to collectors across Europe and the US.