Exhibition Events: Anomaly
Opening Reception: Friday, August 4, 6–8 p.m.
Special Artist Talk - Trek to Basecamp: Sunday, August 6, 3–5 p.m.
Workshop: Art & Stewardship - Creating Cyanotypes on Fabric: Wednesday, August 9, 2–4:30 p.m. (registration needed)
Climate Change Panel Discussion: Saturday, August 26, 2–4 p.m.
Over two billion people depend on the Himalayan glaciers for their survival. These glaciers are the water towers of Asia and the source of many great rivers: the Yangtze, Ganges, Indus, and Mekong, among others. It bears repeating: the livelihood of over two billion people—their food, their water, and energy security—are all tethered to these glaciers.
Climate change has already affected biodiversity in all these regions. Should humanity manage to reduce carbon emissions and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, it is already too late for one-third of the glaciers in the Hindu Kush and Himalaya range, as they will be gone by 2100. If emissions aren’t reduced, the projected loss soars to over two-thirds.
These bleak projections drew Patterson to Nepal in 2018. She completed a 12-day trek to Mount Everest basecamp, documenting these renowned glacial entities. Humbled in their presence, this was an unforgettable experience that forever transformed her own inner landscape. From extensive research and documentation, Patterson created Anomaly in 2020.
Anomaly fuses Patterson’s glacial photographs with dual layers of colour. The resulting hot and cold binary images simultaneously highlight the fragility of these glaciers and foreshadow the impending deeper climate crisis coming to this sacred region.