Author: Isabelle Gapp

Dr. Isabelle Gapp (she/her) is an Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. She holds a PhD in History of Art from the University of York (2020). Her research considers the intersections between nineteenth and twentieth century landscape painting, gender, environmental history, and climate change around the Circumpolar North. She is currently working on her first book, A Circumpolar Landscape: Art and Environment in Scandinavia and North America, 1890-1930, to be published by Lund Humphries as part of their Northern Lights series (forthcoming in 2023).
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Galvanizing Glaciology: Thoughts on an Ecocritical Art History

Glaciers are marked by the contours of time. Flow lines and lateral moraines (ridges of accumulated dirt and rocks) demarcate the movement of ice with traces of debris incised into the glacier’s icy surface. Tributaries, rivers, and floods unfurl the flow of the ice into meltwater. As many of the world’s glaciers continue to thaw and no longer reproduce, they have been classed as an endangered species.