Eel Glacier Over a Half Century
Handwoven cotton and wool
40” x 20” each, two panels
"Melting Reflections: Eel Glacier Over a Half Century is a pair of woven panels inspired by the changes in the glacial ice informed by photographs taken in 1964 and 2015. This piece, handwoven in cotton and wool, illustrates the rocks and tarn unveiled as Eel Glacier retreated and melted over 51 years. The images of Eel Glacier in Olympic National Park that inspired this piece were provided by the National Park Service for the Terminus residency." -Kim Mirus
Meet the artist: Kim Mirus
Kim Mirus is an artist, educator, and craftsperson based in the Rocky Mountains. Kim is currently weaving with traditional craft techniques while drawing inspiration from environmental and scientific data. Kim enjoyed teaching at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Craft, The Crucible, and in numerous public schools. Kim has been exhibiting handwoven, data-driven work in both art and science contexts, including a solo exhibition, Arctic Threads. Kim has attended artist residency programs across the US and internationally, including The Studios at MASS MoCA, Hambidge Center, Penland Winter Residencies, SÍM in Iceland, Pentaculum at Arrowmont, and The Arctic Circle in Svalbard.
More about Eel Glacier
Tucked beneath the steep ridges of Mount Anderson, the Eel is one of two glaciers that Olympic National Park scientists measure annually to assess changes and calculate water contributions to park rivers. Arrows in identical locations illustrate thinning and some retreat of this north-facing glacier, though not as much as the south-facing Anderson Glacier, located on the opposite side of Mount Anderson. 1964, 2010 and 2015 close up photos reveal a small tarn where there once was ice.
Last updated: July 14, 2023