New Zealand born 1954
Wilhelmina Bay, Antarctica
Collection Title: White lantern
Materials & Technique: photographs, pigment print Edition: edition of 10
Going to Antarctica I wanted to provide two bodies of work, and consider two ways of looking at the landscape. The first was a study of light on the Antarctic landscape – white on white. The second was to consider the landscape formed by the activities and culture of science.
Noble first visited Antarctica in January 2002 as part of the Artists to Antarctica scheme and she has made a number of trips down since from New Zealand. The series White Lantern focuses on museums devoted to the Antarctic, with their displays, dioramas and educational material, and on the commercialisation of the region – through tourism and souvenirs. For most of us the Antarctic exists almost entirely in our imagination, our understanding of the region filtered and indeed primarily formed through these cultural artefacts and controlled activities.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra