‘Ice Wall – Avanaata’ – A signed, limited edition silkscreen print by artist Barbara Rae RA.
‘Ice Wall – Avanaata’ and ‘Arctic Glacier’ are two prints made by Barbara Rae following her trips to the Arctic.
From 2015, Rae undertook four voyages following the route of the fabled North West Passage. The search for the elusive route to the east took many lives and was an obsession by countries eager to be first to form a new trade route to eastern markets. Rae followed the route of the English explorer John Franklin, whose futile and ill-prepared expedition ended in the loss of all lives. Dr John Rae was sent out to find what fate befell them, and this became the motivation for the artist’s own travels.
“I was fascinated by this immense, desolate landscape, the home of the Inuit, and the thought of these English seamen, completely unaware of their chances of survival in this harsh, alien environment. These majestic immense glaciers and icebergs in their quiet, silent world were compelling dramatic presences which in my mind contained the history of the futile struggle to tame the Arctic.” - Barbara Rae