Mirren Kessling

Mirren Kessling is a young British artist specialising in painting. She completed her Art and Design Foundation year at Oxford Brookes in 2013 with Distinction and her BFA in Fine art from Oxford’s Ruskin School of Art in 2016.


The catalyst for Mirren Kessling’s ‘Ice Painting’ was a photographic assignment to Iceland in which she photographed the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Mirren subsequently made an environmentally themed performance film “Cryosphere” shown at the Museum for the History of Science in Oxford in which blocks of ice slowly melted above her head, an evocative performance piece about the consequences of climate change to our biological systems as glaciers and ice sheets recede.


The flow of ice as it thaws became the starting point for this new series of drawings. Pigments frozen into blocks of ice are laid onto thick watercolour paper to melt in the sun. This slow process of mark-marking by ‘Autogenetic painting’ with ice and pigment allows colours to mix and marks to evolve organically through the actions of freezing, thawing and evaporation.


Mirren has exhibited at the Modern Artists Gallery Oxon, Museum for the History of Science, The Ashmolean Museum and the Ruskin Shorts Performance Event at Modern Art Oxford. Her works have been exhibited at art fairs within the UK, plus internationally throughout Europe, New York, Miami and Asia, including Hong Kong and Singapore.