Melting Iceberg 1
The plight of these floating ice islands is inherent to how Lebofsky constructs them. Each layer of paint is purposefully brushed to describe the facets and forms of ice, but then immediately sprayed with water to obliterate and melt the image. This is repeated several times before the iconic and severed tips of the iceberg finally emerge in their presented state.
Griffin Ridge Fire
As a trained prescribed fire practitioner, mostly conducting ecological management and maintenance burning – usually in longleaf pine ecosystems – Randy Tate sees unique beauty that the average person does not.
Packed Ice off Tilting
In 2017, multiyear ice traveled thousands of miles to choke the shores of Fogo Island with a glorious stillness while it melted to its eventual demise. This event is the culmination of ice released from the arctic in the warming months, but this specific late in the year phenomenon, which had not been witnessed in over 40 years, was due to rising sea temperatures. The painting began with an abstract ground of blue and green oil paint melted by water spray. Each emerging layer is subsequently eviscerated with spray until the final image, which delicately sits atop glowing layers of paint.
Many of his photographs show the power and intensity of fire, but he hopes others also see the beauty of color, dynamism and transformation. The reality of fire is that, if used wisely, it rejuvenates and restores many natural systems, forests and prairies.
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Invasive grass species in Wyoming overtake the more nutritious native species presenting an altered landscape more susceptible to fire, and an economic threat on cattle ranching and wheat production. Harvesting the plant, Lebofsky turns it into a paintbrush that is then whipped onto the painting to impart the unique fingerprint of that plant life in her work.
Ossabaw Island Prescribed Burn
Longleaf pine forests need fire to remain healthy and the wildlife of longleaf pine habitat is adapted to fire and will benefit from having healthy habitat.
Pack Ice Textures
In 2017, multiyear ice traveled thousands of miles to choke the shores of Fogo Island with a glorious stillness while it melted to its eventual demise. This event is the culmination of ice released from the arctic in the warming months, but this specific late in the year phenomenon, which had not been witnessed in over 40 years, was due to rising sea temperatures. The heavy texture and random dense application of medium on paper provides a chaotic surface on which Lebofsky draws out a foreboding yet structured plain of pack ice.
Ossabaw Island Prescribed Burn 2
As our planet’s climate changes, the role of fire will shift too.
Traveling to the Maldives to learn how rising sea levels affect the population, Lebofsky became aware of this island nation's waste problem. Limited on space and accessibility, garbage from the resorts and many of the smaller islands is hauled off to facilities to be burned. Much of this plastic waste finds its way to the waterways, eventually littering the shores of inhabited islands. Incited to take her work further to battle the plastics crisis, Lebofsky took plastic refuse and ground it into the paint that eventually delineated the polluted waters.
Sun Through Smoke and Fire in Longleaf
It is already doing so as wildfires are becoming more frequent and more intense across the globe.