Joe Thurston (WEST)

Joe Thurston + Sean Healy


The Future Royal Family of Antarctica

Imagine all traces of humanity have disappeared and icebergs existing only as myth. The future in their installation depicts “icebergs” as icons of a moment past, a representation of the geological era inhabited previously – a reminder that the landscape perceived to be immutable today can be completely transformed. The “iceberg” herein is a mythological icon and the penguin a family crest – archetypes representing power, a link to the past and a deep understanding of the mysterious. These symbols are a reminder of the reality of global transformation, the scope of time and its inevitable march forward.

Joe Thurston is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery.

Joe Thurston lives and works in Portland, OR.

Joe Thurston’s CV