Under the Glacier

Under the Glacier (2010) Joan Jonas.


The work was inspired by the novel Under the Glacier by the Icelandic author Halldor Laxness, using fragments from the book that describe a glacier in Iceland in poetic language as well as referring to certain miraculous aspects of the natural world.  The novel, written in the 1960s, is about a particular Icelandic glacier that is now melting.  This image depicts the artist’s performance style of overlaying live video feed, her hands holding a black rock, with pre-recorded imagery, including one of her often depicted dogs.