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Gifts of Art pres.

Shrines & Reliquaries: Memorializing Climate

Leslie Sobel

Kaskawulsh Descent by Leslie Sobel, photograph by the artist. Kaskawulsh Descent by Leslie Sobel, photograph by the artist.
Kaskawulsh Descent by Leslie Sobel, photograph by the artist.
In 2017 Leslie Sobel, as artist in residence at Kluane National Park in Yukon Territory, Canada, camped on an icefield with a group of climate scientists. The landscape shrines in this exhibit combine her work as an environmental artist with the experience of that pristine, remote, beautiful, and at risk environment. The mixed media boxes – utilizing painting, monotype, photography, resin and encaustic – capture memories of places being altered by climate change. Meant to bring complex ideas and big emotions into a size one can literally hold in one’s hands, the works have charred exteriors and bright colors and metal leaf echoing traditional Tibetan iconography in depicting the beauty and spiritual power of high places.

Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1.
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 16, 2019-March 6, 2020
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Kaskawulsh Descent by Leslie Sobel, photograph by the artist. Kaskawulsh Descent by Leslie Sobel, photograph by the artist.
Kaskawulsh Descent by Leslie Sobel, photograph by the artist.

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