Antarctic Sun Lines
This series of Antarctic solargraphs visually locate the continent in relation to the dynamics of the solar system and the natural forces that create and sustain life on Earth. The sun and the tilted rotation of the Earth are active in creating the solargraph images which record the narrow window of time when human and biospheric activity in Antarctica are at their peak.
In the 2015/16 austral summer season Adele was working at the remote Base A historic site and museum on Goudier Island, Port Lockroy, in the Antarctic Peninsula region. Over the four months that Adele lived there she created what may be the first solargraphs made in Antarctica. It has since developed into an international collaboration with over 50 Antarctic research, logistics and heritage organisations involved.
In October 2018 Adele's solargraph cameras were installed at research stations across the continent through logistics support from Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) and the 30 countries operating research facilities in Antarctica; making this a pan-Antarctic arts project.
With support from COMNAP, the Australian Antarctic Division, CuratorSpace and the Trans-Antarctic Association, Antarctic Sun Lines will be exhibited in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia in 2020, to complement the Open Science Conference of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the COMNAP Annual General Meeting.
With great appreciation Adele acknowledges the inspiration and support of master solargrapher, Bob Clayden, who introduced her to the art form, and generously shared his time and expertise. Bob helped Adele make the first solargraph cameras that she used in Antarctica.