Antarctica
Elise Engler Antarctica color pencil, gouache on paper
McMurdo Station Windows Accordion Book
2010
color pencil, gouache on paper
123.25 x 6" open -29 “pages" each 4.25 x 6"

accordion book made on site in Antarctica at McMurdo Station
There is a digitally printed hand-bound edition of 25.
Elise Engler Antarctica housepaint on wall with 30 oil paintings on wood
Unpacking Antarctica
2013
housepaint on wall with 30 oil paintings on wood

Installation-Esther Massry Gallery, College of Saint Rose, Albany
part of Bi/POLAR-Journeys to the Ends of the Earth

Elise Engler Antarctica mixed
Gallery View--Accordion Books, Drawings etc. Installation
2013
mixed

Installation shot-Esther Massry Gallery, College of Saint Rose, Albany
part of Bi/POLAR-Journeys to the Ends of the Earth
Elise Engler Antarctica oil on wood panels
Lake Hoare Landing
2011
oil on wood panels
5 x 15"

Tent and travel at Lake Hoare, Dry Valleys, Antarctica

Elise Engler Antarctica oil on wood panels
South Pole Arrival
2011
oil on wood panels
6 x 14"
Elise Engler Antarctica oil on wood panel
Survival School
2011
oil on wood panel
7 x 8"

Learning how to survive in case of helicopter accidents, blizzard and other disasters out on the frozen Ross Sea ice.

Elise Engler Antarctica oil on wood panels
Hand Truck and Night Trench
2011
oil on wood panels
8 x 10"

I learned how to dig a trench for sleeping in and fuel in case our solar power runs out.
Elise Engler Antarctica oil on wood panel
Scott-Amundsen Station-South Pole
2011
oil on wood panel
5 x 12"

The new station from afar.

Elise Engler Antarctica oil on wood panels
South Pole Live
2011
oil on wood panels
5 x 13"

life in the far south--penguins seals and humans
Elise Engler Antarctica gouache, color pencil on paper
Ninety-Degree Draft
2009-2011
gouache, color pencil on paper
10 drawings each 30 x 42"

The entire journey to Antarctica--from the beginning application process to a rendering of this completed drawing at the end. Hundreds of images and text are drawn on ten painted maps of the Antarctic continent. There are portraits of those who contributed references for the National Science Foundation Antarctica Artists and Writers Program application as well as the scientists and personnel on the ice. All the art made on location- at the Lake Hoare Field Camp in the Dry Valleys,
at the penguin colonies at Cape Royds and Cape Crozier at the South Pole and and at the main U.S. research base, McMurdo Station is included as are landscapes of all of the above. Interiors of camps, helicopter views and wildlife seen are documented in this drawn timeline of the two months on "the Ice" along with the time preparing for the trip. Green arrows provide the direction for your eyes to follow.

Elise Engler Antarctica gouache, colored pencil on paper
Ninety-Degree Draft #1-8
2009-2011
gouache, colored pencil on paper
each drawing 30 x 42"

studio snapshot
8 of 10 drawings

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Elise Engler Antarctica gouache, colored pencil on paper
Ninety-Degree Draft #1- 4
2009-11
gouache, colored pencil on paper
4 of 10 drawings ea. 30 x 42"

drawings documenting time spent in Antarctica---

Elise Engler Antarctica  gouache, colored pencil on paper
Ninety-Degree Draft # 2
2010
gouache, colored pencil on paper
30 x 42"

The second drawing in a series of drawings documenting everything about going to Antarctica...from the application process to getting there to being there.
Elise Engler Antarctica
Ninety-Degree Draft #2 (detail)

Survival school, aka "Happy Camper" Scott Base and the Berg Field Center--source of borrowed tents, sleeping bags and pee bottles, etc.
In the bottom right corner you can see people with buckets on their heads...one of the survival school activities. The text for that image reads "And of course the bucket exercise made famous by Werner Herzog film "Encounters at the End of the World." This was meant to simulate a white-out. As in the movie we failed not finding our (imaginary)lost comrade, just coiling our group into a spiral holding the rope."

Elise Engler Antarctica gouache, colored pencil on paper
Ninety-Degree Draft #6 (detail)
2010
gouache, colored pencil on paper
detail

Ventifact rock--Dry Valleys
Text reads--"One more ventifact- ventifacts are rocks
abraded by windblown particles
(often sand)."
Elise Engler Antarctica gouache and colored pencil on paper
Ninety-Degree Draft #4 (detail)
2010
gouache and colored pencil on paper
30 x 42"

Lake surface, with geologist Devin lake walking, Luigi with Petri dishes, the labs at Lake Hoare.
Text reads, "Walking on the lake is totally uneven-sometimes one has to step up two feet as the ice changes texture and depth. You have to step carefully."

Elise Engler Antarctica gouache, colored pencil on paper
Ninety-Degree Draft (detail)
2010
gouache, colored pencil on paper
detail

Adelie Penguins, Cape Crozier penguin colony. Text reads "Thousands and thousands of Adelie Penguins. There are over 150,000 breeding pairs."
Elise Engler Antarctica gouache, colored pencil on paper
Ninety Degree Draft detail
2010
gouache, colored pencil on paper
detail

Adelie Penguins--Cape Crozier

Elise Engler Antarctica colored pencil on paper
Everything I Brought Back From Antarctica
2010
colored pencil on paper
60 x 12"

Everything that came back with me from Antarctica

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Elise Engler Antarctica colored pencil on paper
Everything I Brough Back from Antarctica (detail)
2010
colored pencil on paper
60 x 12"

Everything brought back from the 2 months spent in Antarctica with the National Science Foundation including images of all the art made

Elise Engler Antarctica gouache, colored pencil on paper-Chinese accordion book
Lake Hoare Window View Accordion Book
2010
gouache, colored pencil on paper-Chinese accordion book
29 images 4 x 3"

views out of all of the windows at the Lake Hoare field camp, Dry Valleys, Antarctica
Elise Engler Antarctica gouache, colored pencil on paper
McMurdo Station Window View Accordion book
2010
gouache, colored pencil on paper
30 pages 6 x 4"

drawings looking out of the windows from some of the many buildings at McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Elise Engler Antarctica gouache, watercolor, colored pencil on paper
Accordion Book Double Page-- Chalet Travel Office
2010
gouache, watercolor, colored pencil on paper
9 x 6"

A double page spread in a 30 paged accordion book depicting the views out of many of the windows at McMurdo Station in Antarctica.
Elise Engler Antarctica
NSF Artists and Writers Sign

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