General

Whether there is Weather

Weather drives everything in the United States Antarctic Program; flights happen or don’t, camps get re-supplied or don’t, work progresses or doesn’t. Even moderate winds in sub-freezing temperatures can make outdoor work difficult or impossible. Of course knowing weather conditions would make planning that much easier. But predicting the weather here is more complicated, and…

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Art Experiments in the Freezer

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…

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Encounters with an Ice Core

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…

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Introductions

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My images come directly from nature. I am influenced by history, natural science and studies in Landscape Architecture. When rendering plants and land, I am attempting to illustrate memory and time. I like to imagine all of the human events that have occurred in a place and observe how each subject is altered by these…

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Getting Ready to Go to Antarctica

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…

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Waiting to go to WAIS

uh-oh!  The day of my flight, there is ground fog!  It is a bit hard to see in this photo, but look at that swath of purplish-blue between the mountains and the sea ice.  I am not due to go out until 14:15, so maybe this will burn off, but I suspect it is not…

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Happy Camper continued. . .

The next day, I awoke early, so got the whisperlite stoves going and soon we had hot water for cocoa, instant coffee and oatmeal – yummy.  The rest of the morning went by quickly.  We broke camp and then practiced calling MacOps (radio into headquarters).  “MacOps, MacOps, MacOps – this is Happy Camper, do you…

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McMurdo –

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…

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