Gathered from the Field; Art Provoked by Climate Research

Detail of WAIS Reliquary and Reliquary Urn

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

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"WAIS Reliquary: 68,000 Years" – Story

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…

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Mt Waddington Reliquary – Art Installation

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…

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Ice Stories Exhibition

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…

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WAIS Divide Science Meeting 2010

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…

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Making a Mallow Core – Science in Middle School

A couple of weeks ago, I gave a presentation about the WAIS Divide Ice Core Project for 8th grade art and science classes in the Seattle Public School system. I am grateful to the brainstorming sessions with Heidi Roop, a scientist that I met at the WAIS field camp. She has teaching experience and is…

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In the Studio-making new etching plates

I have been spending a lot of time in the studio, preparing artwork for an exhibition at Francine Seders Gallery this coming November. This first photo is of an etching plate inked, wiped and ready to print. The blue areas are where the aquatint is holding ink. The copper areas are where there is little…

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In the Studio – making sense of it all (?)

“Easton Glacier” 24″x48″ 2010, graphite, gesso, acrylic Traveling to and existing in the beautiful white expanse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has been a dream since childhood. Now, back in my daily life, holding onto the experience is like holding onto ice that will inevitable melt or sublimate away. All I can do is…

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Reflections from the Ice

I am home and sorting through notes, sketches and photographs from my travels south. Paul and I had a great time in New Zealand. We hiked in the Queen Charlottes, Abel Tasman,  and on the west coast; drove through wine country that felt like the Napa Valley; saw many strange birds and entire forests of…

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Visiting the Drilling Arch

WAIS Divide Camp at 79.47S latitude, 112.06W longitude Wednesday, December 16th Hi Everybody, Today the wind picked up and I am now experiencing conditions unlike I have ever felt before. The wind is at about 20knots, so the temperature feels much colder. I must cover all of myself in order to stay outside for more…

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