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Shealagh Pope

Shealagh Pope

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Ottawa, Ontario , ON


Shealagh Pope was born in Montreal, Canada and now lives in Ottawa, Canada. She studied design, ecology, and conservation biology at Carleton University and printmaking at the Ottawa School of Art. She worked as an analyst on issues ranging from science policy, to social innovation and climate change. The seven years she spent working on Arctic science issues fueled her passion for using art to communicate the vast changes that the North is experiencing at the front lines of global warming.  Since 2018, she has focused on printmaking. Her prints have been exhibited in Japan, Australia, USA, and Canada.  

Artist Statement

My work focuses on the environment under climate change and, in particular, the Canadian Arctic. I use a variety of print processes to make the science of climate change visually compelling. Research and analysis inform my practice. Scientific findings or data, such as graphs, charts, or maps, are often layered  into my artworks. 


The print, Arctic sea ice, 2035, depicts what the North Pole will look like by summer 2035. 


In 2020, scientists from the British Antarctic Survey published a paper entitled "Sea-ice-free Arctic during the last Interglacial supports fast future loss". The researchers explored how sea-ice loss might have contributed to global warming during the last interglacial period (130,000–116,000 years ago). Then they updated current climate modelling based on those historical patterns. The revised models projected that the summer sea ice that blankets the Arctic Ocean and plays a crucial role in cooling the planet will disappear by 2035.  


The phrase "fast future loss" in the title of the scientific article seemed like some kind of twisted haiku. Although I felt strongly that "fast future loss" needed to be included on the print, I choose to emboss the text so it is only minimally visible. Unless you focus on them, the words disappear. Like the sea ice. 


Print / Paper

Exhibitions Featuring this Artist

Una Scott
Kestutis Vasiliunas
Wesley Kramer
Nicholas Wilson
Wuon Gean Ho
Nikki Barber
Ximena Medina Sancho
Kristin Boyer
Kim Fink
Madilyn Anderson
Brady Nichols
Mara Cozzolino
Ben Bohnsack
Marga Galins
Tenjin Ikeda
Merlyn Chesterman
Nathaniel Ruleaux
Christopher Thomas
Normandie Syken
Michael DalCerro
Rich Fowler
Art Hazelwood
Savannah Crawford
Nina Jordan
Shealagh Pope
Colin Denney
Johanna Mueller
Susan Marie Brundage
Josh Winkler
Tanushree Vachharajani
Katrina Dienno
Tom Virgin
Kelly Hanning
Carol Acquilano
Cynthia Back
Holly Berry
Claire Bowman
Donna Brown
Art Brown
Christa Carleton
Gino Castellanos
Bernhard Cociancig
Ben Darling
Danielle Dewees
Gil Dickinson
James Ehlers
Ian Huebert
David Johnson
Brian Kreydatus
Jim Monson
Alexandra Motiu
Claudio Orso
Andy Owen
Agata Perzynska
Endi Poskovic
Alyssa Ringler
Catherine Rozmarynowycz
Aric Russom
Adrian Tio
Donald VanAuken
6/3/22 to 8/26/22
Print / Paper

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