The programme explains how the Alps played a key role in the development of ideas around 'the sublime' in the late 18th and early 19th century, when Chamonix became a mecca for tourists, mountaineers and scientists, alongside Romantic artists, poets and writers. Emma also reveals how their historical depictions of the region are now providing insights to glaciologists for their modern-day research.
Emma Stibbon, Senior Lecturer in the School of Art and Media at the University of Brighton, said: “The precarious future of ice sheets and glaciers across the world is a long-standing concern in my work. I aim to associate the effects of environmental change in seemingly remote locations with more local landscapes around southern coastal regions for a forthcoming exhibition at the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne.
My field research for this includes a ship based expedition to Svalbard in the High Arctic, as well as documenting coastal regions and flood plains of southern England which are profoundly changing due to sea level rise.”
In Search of The Sublime is available to listen on BBC Sounds. You can also see examples of Emma Stibbon's work in her Storm Cloud and Uncertain Ground portfolios.