frozen waves


Format 1 (triptych): 132 x 390 cm / 52 x 153.5 in, edition of 6 + 2 AP
Format 2 (triptych): 67 x 197.4 cm / 26.4 x 77.8 in, edition of 6 + 2 AP
Hybrid photography, archival pigment print, aludibond, diasec, custom-made aluminium frame

Water is the most abundant chemical compound in the universe. It’s ubiquitous in our own solar system and fundamental to all life operations in space and on our home planet. Water has even been recently detected in far distant galaxies more than 12 billion light-years away. It´s vital in supporting human habitation for things like drinking water, agriculture, radiation shielding, and oxygen. But water is also the key element in a process called “terraforming”, whereby a hostile environment, like a planet that is too cold, too hot, or with an unbreathable atmosphere, can be altered to make it suitable for human life. Such a process is not merely a futuristic scenario but represents exactly what is happening on Earth at this very moment as the process of atmospheric change brought about by increasing CO2 emissions heats up our planet and speeds up the process of climate change. This development poses a calamitous threat to the world population both present and future as one of its consequences is the retreat of glaciers and the melting of glacial ice, which leads to globally rising sea levels, flooding, loss of habitable land and scarcity of food and drinking water. Implicit in the terraforming dialogue is the paradox that we might need to transform our neighbour planet Mars into a habitable environment precisely because we are transforming our home planet into an uninhabitable one.

The triptych “frozen waves” focusses on the transformation of solid ice into liquid water. It depicts a melting glacier in Iceland, still frozen but already in the process of liquefaction. The present clearly observable disappearance of glaciers is no longer due to natural causes but must be ascribed to anthropogenic influences – as humankind and its technologies impact upon the Earth’s climate. Glaciers are the Earth’s largest reservoirs of fresh water and an essential element of the fragile ecological balance of our biospheres. Over recent decades, the majority of the world’s glaciers have suffered a drastic reduction in their mass as a consequence of global climate change. Increasing satellite observation from space helps us to measure the glacier mass balance as well as to track changes in ice sheet thickness and ice flow velocities. Rising temperatures across the world and the consequent shrinkage of glacial ice are to be attributed to the ever more potent greenhouse effect. The artwork “frozen waves” expresses the inherent violence of this transformation process. The ice walls seem to fight against the inevitable loss of stability, turning into chaotic liquid structures. The triptych composition of the work intensifies the immersive effect of being swept away by the forces of this liquefaction and reveals the dialectic behind the concept of terraforming – the beauty of creation on one side and the violence of destruction on the other.


Personally liable:
Michael Najjar

Design concept & coding: Matthias Hübner,
with support by Marco Land

Accountability for content
The contents of our pages have been created with the utmost care. However, we cannot guarantee the contents' accuracy, completeness or topicality. According to statutory provisions, we are furthermore responsible for our own content on these web pages. In this context, please note that we are accordingly not obliged to monitor merely the transmitted or saved information of third parties, or investigate circumstances pointing to illegal activity. Our obligations to remove or block the use of information under generally applicable laws remain unaffected by this as per §§ 8 to 10 of the Telemedia Act (TMG).

Accountability for links
Responsibility for the content of external links (to web pages of third parties) lies solely with the operators of the linked pages. No violations were evident to us at the time of linking. Should any legal infringement become known to us, we will remove the respective link immediately.

Our web pages and their contents are subject to German copyright law. Unless expressly permitted by law (§ 44a et seq. of the copyright law), every form of utilizing, reproducing or processing works subject to copyright protection on our web pages requires the prior consent of the respective owner of the rights. Unauthorized utilization of copyrighted works is punishable (§ 106 of the copyright law).

Our newsletter

With our newsletter we inform you about us and our offers and events, art fair participations and exhibitions in galleries, museums and art institutions. If you register for our newsletter, we will save your e-mail address, first name(s) and last name, as well as any information you choose to provide on a purely voluntary basis. If you do not wish to consent to this, you can unsubscribe by using the link at the end of every newsletter.

You can revoke your consent to the storage of your data, e-mail address and the use of your data to send the newsletter at any time. This revocation can be effected by notifying us:

In the course of the further development of our website, changes to this privacy policy may become necessary. We therefore recommend that you reread this data protection statement from time to time.