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Berg (After the Wreck of Hope By Caspar David Friedrich)
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Painting: Oil on Canvas.
The Sea of Ice is a work made in response to the renowned german romantic painter, Caspar David Freidrich’s famous painting the Wreck of Hope. Polar ice formations have been mirrored and reflected by their own skyline, leaving only thin air to stand on. The work is a homage to the original painting made to the exact same dimensions. The viewer is in a hopeless situation where there is no hope of escape or salvation and the surface of reality is its self folded back on its self in a hallucinatory way. The painting can be seen to be commenting on the vastly retreating sea ice off the north pole due to climate change because ice its self takes on an almost mythic ancient role in this piece. A feeling of disorientation and total abandonment is personified by the ship dwarfed in its icy grave in the cold reality of a frozen northern wilderness was the intent of Alexander when he made this painting.
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