Meltings of the Heart Change Glacial Landscapes

Olivia Osborne (UK)

The ice domes represent both the environment in the form of glaciers and how defenseless they are to climate change. In addition, as a side-by-side comparison they also represent the vulnerability of “frozen” human hearts and the susceptibility to “melt.” The salt symbolizes the action of a xenobiotic tainting the environment and in the heart, a powerful evocative emotion that penetrates the organ, both through a chemical reaction. When this occurs, it leaves a tainted color that is forever encapsulated within the environment/heart and “trapped.” The water that surges in and out represents the people who flow in and out of our lives in the environment and our hearts. Only a few powerful people/chemicals have the capacity to make an impression or “love” in this landscape. Their touch upon the impressionable delicate emotions and susceptible landscapes remains there permanently, hybridizing one another, interconnecting. These actions, represented by hydrophobic colored dyes, “paint.”

Technical guest collaborator: Dan Wilkinson


Dr. Olivia Osborne is an interdisciplinary scientist and artist. Her passion lies in nature and tries to encompass that in every aspect of her life. postdoctoral scholar at UCLA working on the hazard assessment of nanoparticles in the environment. Her current research interests lie in environmental toxicology, nanoparticle hazard assessment and high throughput toxicity screening. PhD, in the ecotoxicology of nanomaterials from the University of Exeter, UK. Postdoc, UC Center of Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology.