Detail of WAIS Reliquary and Reliquary Urn

Gathered from the Field; Art Provoked by Climate Research

By Anna McKee

Gathered from the Field; Art Provoked by Climate Research Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound Anna McKee and Suze Woolf create artwork from scientific data on our changing world. The artists use natural sciences evidence to fill their work with meaning, construct beauty, and examine the present. Exhibition March 2020-August 2020, shutdown by COVID-19

Surge 2018

By Anna McKee

Evidence Wall is a collection of drawn maps that together suggest an array of clues, but without precise determination. These were developed using a variety of sources, from highly detailed satellite and Lidar maps, to schematic illustrations of projected sea level rise, flood zones and past glaciations. Evidence Wall was created as a collaborative project…

"WAIS Reliquary: 68,000 Years" – Story

By Anna McKee

In January 2012, after ten years of planning and work, scientists completed drilling a 3405 meters core from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (http://www.waisdivide.unh.edu/). It is one of the deepest and most detailed ice cores ever retrieved. Data from the study of this ice is redefining our understanding of the climate record. In 2009-10, I visited the WAIS…

One nice thing about sites built by RealBasics.com

By Anna McKee

This site was built for me by RealBasics.com.  Their motto is “Let’s make it your website!”  Which means that I can change anything I want about it.  Possibly starting with deleting this sample blog post!

Cross Section Remnants – an art project about tree slab monuments in Washington State

By Anna McKee

An iconic feature of many regional, state and national parks is an upended cross-section of an evergreen tree, usually protected from sun and rain by a rough-hewn gazebo. These are scattered throughout Washington state, reminders of vast forests that once covered the Pacific Northwest. As monuments, they speak to both our reverence for these behemoth…

Photos of Mt. Waddington Reliquary – Installed at Francine Seders Gallery

By Anna McKee

Here are several photos of the Mt. Waddington Reliquary, installed at Francine Seders Gallery Oct 11, 2013 to November 2, 2013. See the previous post for a description of the fabrication and inspiration behind this piece.

Mt Waddington Reliquary – Art Installation

By Anna McKee

In Medieval and Renaissance Europe, reliquaries were created to house a relic, usually a body part of a saint. Many cultures have a version of this; Buddhist stupas hold the bones of lamas and rempoches, Greek tombs held vials of blood, even the Egyptian pyramids are a form of reliquary. The relics are recognized as…

Ice Stories Exhibition

By Anna McKee

Ice Stories was a three woman show at the Washington State Convention Center on display from November 19th, 2011 to January 19th, 2012. Cynthia Camlin and Maria Coryell Martin and I met through a shared interest in ice landscapes and climate change. We work in different styles which provided an interesting response to ice landscapes…

WAIS Divide Science Meeting 2010

By Anna McKee

Last month I attended the annual WAIS Divide Ice Core Project Science Meeting to give a presentation of my artwork. It was a fascinating experience to be in a room full of about 100 of the most distinguished ice core scientists and graduate students in the United States and reassuring to see the rigor, integrity…

Visit to the Mt Waddington Ice Core Project

By Anna McKee

I just returned from an amazing journey into the heart of the British Columbia Coast Range. Mt Waddington sits about 15 miles inland from the inside passage and being the highest peak around, captures a huge amount of precipitation from the Pacific Ocean. This is why Eric Steig (Professor, University of Washington), Doug Clark (Associate…