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Colour Observation: Argentiere Glacier, March 2010 is now held at the Scott Polar Research Institute Library. This folio of prints, alongside other work exploring colour density and mass, is currently on display in SPRI library until the end of March.


The Scott Polar Research Institute

SPRI has the world’s most comprehensive polar Library and Archives. Our new extension, The Shackleton Memorial Library was opened in November 1998. Together with the World Data Centre for Glaciology, Cambridge, the Library has developed high-quality online information resources.

New Work 2010

Title: Colour Observation Argentière Glacier March 2010
Contents: 27 Glacial Blue prints / Observation Notes / black & white photograph
Size: 210mm x 297mm
Edition: 10

Description: A limited edition folio of Glacial Blue screenprints. Each print details a daily colour observation of the Argentière Glacier during a month long study.

Printmaking Today Autumn Issue 2010
Printmakers’ Diary (page 5)
Nancy Campbell hunts for prints in Arctic Greenland

“Since my exposure to ice in the Arctic I’ve been seeking out others’ responses to this shifting substance to help contextualize my own work. Elizabeth Jackson, the current artist-in-residence at Swansea Print Workshop, Wales, is working on a series of colour studies of ‘Glacial Blue’. These intricately layered screenprints continue Jackson’s impressive body of research on transient colours in nature and analysis of colour depth and mass. the artist’s Glacier Project which records daily observation of the Argentière Glacier in the French Alps, reveals the ‘poetry that science sometimes filters out in the pursuit of objective discourse’.”

Printmaking Today website

New Booklet Summer 2010

Title: Glacier Project _ Part Three
Size: 175mm x 250mm

I am currently making daily colour observations of the Seracs de Lognan, Argentière Glacier. These observations form part of a collection of detailed colour reference material I am building for use in future printed works.

New Booklet Summer 2010

Title: Glacier Project _ Part Two
Size: 175mm x 250mm

New Booklet Summer 2010

Title: Glacier Project _ Part One
Size: 175mm x 250mm

In November 2009 I was invited to contribute to Nancy Campbell’s Arctic Arts Blog. I provided information and insights about the Glacier Project for the blog which ‘features artists who have responded to the Polar regions or associated themes, ie. glaciers, ice and vulnerable environments’.

Download the PDF document detailing correspondence between Elizabeth Jackson and Nancy Campbell.

An edited version of this document appears on Nancy Campbell’s Arctic Arts Blog.

For further information visit the Glacier Project website.

After completing a productive and inspiring residency at East London Printmakers I am now back in Argentière. There are a number of new works already in development that build on discoveries made during the two month residency.

Pictured are a selection of Glacial Blue prints and other colour reference material made at ELP, and now installed in my alpine studio.


COLOUR STUDY glacial ice
Pictured are a collection of sample swatches and colour tests. Using this research material I am developing a series of screenprints that build colour depth through semi-transparent, tints and overlays.

Glacier du Tour August 2007

I will be giving a talk about the Glacier Project and the field trip to the Glacier du Tour as part of the annual iNOMAD event. Tickets are available via the iNOMAD website:

Glacier Project Talk and exhibition
The 2008 iNOMAD Event
23rd January 2008, 7pm
Royal Geographical Society with IBG
1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

New work featured in the presentation:
These book objects examine the subtleties of the glacial landscape and the play of light on the surface of the glacier.

A unique collection of people (glaciologists, explorers and writers) were asked to list six words they would use to describe a glacier. These lists offer a range of interpretations about glaciers. This element of the project is part of an ongoing enquiry into the written description of natural landscapes.

Use the link below to download a copy of Glacial Vocabulary 1
Glacial Vocabulary 1.pdf

Atelier Jackson