Nicole Dextras


LEGACY on the Yukon River, 2009, refers to the landscape as being the heritage of the inhabitants of this region, which was founded over a hundred years ago during the Gold Rush.

NICOLE DEXTRAS is an environmental artist Who works with different media such as sculpture,
public installation and photography.

Here’s an extract of the artist’s statement.

“The Ice Typography series consists of three-dimensional words fabricated in ice placed outdoors that speak to how the viewer’s gaze frames and informs the landscape. When the ice texts are installed on site, the temperature determines how long it will take for them to change state from solid to liquid. This phase of transition becomes symbolic of the interconnectedness of language and culture to the land as they are affected by time and by a constant shifting and transforming nature.
The use of text in the landscape relates to concrete and visual poetry but with the added twist of having the word’s meaning alter with the melting process.
The work also pays homage to the N. E. Thing Company who in the nineteen-seventies put up signs along roads instructing drivers to: “Start Viewing” and “Stop Viewing” the landscape.
The visual poetry in this series aims to subvert the authority of the English language and the commerce of signage by representing words as vulnerable and shifting. Ice Typography absorbs light, melts and eventually leaves no trace.
Words cast in ice interrupt our literal narratives, allowing a more integrated reading of the land we inhabit, as opposed to the past and current commodification of land as limitless resource. This fundamental split in perception lies at the crux of our environmental crisis. I therefore choose to create within an ephemeral vernacular to accentuate the collective physical and psychological experience of flux and change.”

RESOURCE – Lake Nipissing, Ontario, 2008 – questions our ownership of natural resources on a local, national and global level.

VIEW – Lake Ontario on Toronto Island, 2007 – questions how we look at the landscape and how nature becomes a commodity.

TRUTH – Toronto Island, 2007 – relates to the multiple perspectives of language.

IN/FLUX, Banff Art Center in Alberta, 2005. Banff is a ski resort town set in the Rocky Mountains and it is a prime example of the influx of commercial interest incorporated into a wilderness landscape.

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