ARTIST, ARCTIC CIRCLE RESIDENCY.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
ADVICE TO YOUTH.
ARTISTS & THE ENVIRONMENT.
WORKING WITH WOMEN IN THE ARCTIC.
Caroline Landau is a multi-disciplinary artist from Reading, PA. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2013 with a BFA focused in painting, drawing, and printmaking. She completed her MFA from San Francisco Art institute in 2016.
While in the Bay Area, Caroline began to incorporate more blown glass into her art practice. It became a strong medium to portray her ideas while imitating the natural forms of snow and ice. She became obsessed with the processes of the elements.
Caroline has spent the past few years working with glass at Public Glass (San Francisco, CA), Slow Burn Glass (Oakland, CA), and Starworks (Star, NC). At these and other glassblowing centers, she assisted artists, taught classes, and worked on her own art.
In 2017, Caroline was a part of the Arctic Circle Artist Residency in Svalbard, Norway where she worked on Archiving Ice. For this project, Caroline made molds of iceberg/bergie bits and replicated them into glass. She captured its glacial water and re-filled them back up into each specific vessel, therefore capturing the transformational melting process and physical lost space. She was able to replicate each piece of ice, meticulously documenting its smooth or rough surfaces, or clear and bubbly/opaque appearance. Glass has the capability to mimic all of these forms.
In 2018, Caroline returned to the High Arctic of Svalbard/Spitsbergen for an extended period and worked aboard the tallship Antigua to continue to bring her experiences into her art and spend more time in the Arctic. During this time she worked on her own art, wrote, worked, and enjoyed living North during a few midnight sun- summer months in the High Arctic on the sailboat.
Later in 2018, she went to the Vermont Studio Center to focus on her painting practice.
Caroline currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA and is a Tech Apprentice at the Pittsburgh Glass Center for the remainder of 2019. She has big plans coming up for returning to multiple different Arctic locations to replicate more pieces of ice into glass.
These videos are a part of a series of interviews conducted at “Women of the Arctic: Bridging Policy, Research, and Lived Experience”,
a non-academic event co-organized with the UArctic and hosted by the 2018 UArctic Congress at the University of Helsinki
on September 6-7, 2018.