WATER: Solid vs Liquid.

Polar ice is cold, colorful and stunning. It is also melting away. As I viewed the documentary “Chasing Ice” by James Balog, it was simultaneously ruinous and gorgeous, inspiring and catastrophic. The contradictory feeling of being swept away by beauty while watching devastation is the compelling motivation for this series.

Water is the lifeblood of our planet. It sustains life and is 60% of our bodies. In our search for alien lifeforms – liquid water is the key. Oceans house 96% of our water and they are salty. The majority of freshwater is in glacial ice.

This series is about the balance between liquid and frozen water. We are watching a change in the planetary balance and this transition is riveting, beautiful and rife with seen and unforeseen ramifications.

Mixed media is my method and the resources in my studio are both traditional and unconventional. Ink, acrylic and spray paint, mix with epoxy resin, wax, glass, sand, plastic, glitter, salt, sugar, rocks and clay.


Ellen Alt is a mixed media artist. She has exhibited her work in the U.S, Germany, Russia, China, England and the Middle East. One of her pieces was presented to Hillary Clinton on the occasion of the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan and is in the collection of the White House.

Ms. Alt holds an MA in studio art from New York University and a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

She lives in New York City.

Her current series addresses the melting of our polar ice.