McMurdo –

By Anna McKee | December 10, 2009 | 4 Comments

I am slowly getting used to the layout and pace of the station.  I have been walking around jetlagged and sleep deprived, so all of the new information is going in slowly, most of it dropping all around me.  The folks who work here know this and remind me to take it easy.  There is…

Flight to McMurdo Station, Antarctica

By Anna McKee | December 9, 2009 | 3 Comments

Today I awoke at 4:30am to get to my first ever military flight.  It was a C-17 from McChord Air Force Base, near my hometown of Seattle.  It was very similar to checking in for a commercial flight, except all the crew wear fatigues.  Once aboard, there was the same safety talk about seat belts…

Christchurch, New Zealand – springboard for ANTARCTICA!

By Anna McKee | December 7, 2009 | 1 Comment

Monday, December 7 (Sunday, Dec 6 in the USA) 27 hours and 3 planes later, I arrived (with about 20 other US Antarctic Program folks) in Christchurch, New Zealand; tired, but excited to be on my way.  The first day was spent in a jet lag stupor walking around this adorable city.  The people are…

Getting Ready to Go to Antarctica

By Anna McKee | November 30, 2009 | 0 Comments

December 4th, I will begin a long journey to the most inaccessible, remote location I could dream of ever reaching – the West Antarctic Ice Sheet .  I am going there to document the WAIS Divide Ice Core Project with support from the National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Program. Scientist are drilling a 3.5…

Blogging at 36kbits/sec

By Anna McKee | November 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

While I am at the WAIS Divide field camp in West Antarctica, I (the entire camp actually) will only have access to the internet via a GOES satellite link for 5 hours a day. We can write emails upload them to the camp server and they will automatically be sent out during that time. My…

Deep Ice, Deep Time – a Journey to West Antarctica

By Anna McKee | October 6, 2009 | 1 Comment

I am thrilled to announce my participation in the National Science Foundations’ Artist and Writers program to travel to West Antarctica this winter.  I will travel to the WAIS Divide Ice Core Project field camp to sketch, photograph, and observe the camp and  surrounding ice sheet plateau.  In 2010, I will create a suite of…

West Antarctic Ice Sheet Ice Core Project

By Anna McKee | September 11, 2009 | 0 Comments

Anna McKee is participating in the National Science Foundations Artist and Writers Program to travel to the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Ice Core Project.

Walk to the Wedgwood Erratic

By Anna McKee | June 16, 2009 | 1 Comment

I first saw the Wedgewood Rock while studying the Puget landscape in Graduate school.  I remember being thrilled by this enormous rock sitting in the middle of a modest mid-century suburb in northeast Seattle.  The rock is evidence to the size and power of a glacier that once covered the entire Puget basin.  It was…

Art Experiments in the Freezer

By Anna McKee | February 18, 2009 | 2 Comments

Looking at and drawing ice cores at the National Ice Core Lab and University of Washington’s IsoLab was a beautiful and intimidating experience as an artist.  My original attraction to this subject was the rich and long history that the cores contain.  I have spent cold hours rendering several of the cores with a certain…

Encounters with an Ice Core

By Anna McKee | December 18, 2008 | 0 Comments

In November 2007, I traveled to Denver, Colorado to spend three days drawing ice cores inside a freezer at the National Ice Core Laboratory.  This spontaneous trip was driven more by curiosity than a worked out plan and on the way there I began to worry.  I had to face the possibility that the ice…