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10 x 7.5 inch inkjet print
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This image is a still from the film The Year Without a Summer which takes its title from a phenomenon that occurred in the summer of 1816 wherein many parts of the world experienced extreme weather conditions. Dramatic storms and colourful skies gave inspiration to Romantic art, as witnessed in works by J.M.W. Turner and Casper Friedrich; while poor harvests, economic decline and civil unrest influenced Mary Shelley’s writing of Frankenstein during her summer sojourn to Lake Geneva. A century and a half later it was discovered that the eruption of Mount Tambora on the island of Sumbawa in Indonesia was the cause of this erratic shift in the world’s weather patterns, creating a famine in Switzerland and speculation that the world was ending. Using this historical framework as a provocation, The Year Without a Summer re-examines the effects of this environmental anomaly, finding parallels with our current climate crises, while intertwining diaristic accounts of Mary Shelley and her circle, Sumbawan folklore, and my own reflections travelling to the same volcano and lake during the hottest summer on record.
Elise Rasmussenis a research-based artist working with lens-based media. She has exhibited, performed and screened her work internationally including venues such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Queens Museum, Pioneer Works (New York), Night Gallery, JOAN (Los Angeles), Institute of Modern Art, University of Queensland Art Museum (Brisbane), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Belvedere 21 (Vienna), Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE), Dazibao (Montreal), Art Gallery of Alberta, Latitude 53 (Edmonton), the Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto and Gallery 44 (Toronto). Elise received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been an artist in residence at a number of institutions including the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin), La Becque (Switzerland), the Nirox Foundation (South Africa), LMCC (New York), SOMA (Mexico City), the Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta) and was a 2016 Fellow in the Art & Law Program (New York). Born in Edmonton, Canada, Elise lives in Los Angeles, California.
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