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My adventures on the Eclipse Icefield

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Now that I’ve been back for a while I have had a chance to digest the experience. I got back to a family crisis and have been utterly subsumed in caregiving - which has made re-entry challenging and follow-up work temporarily impossible. Now that things are more under control I’m back to work!  So a long recap with lots of details about the day to day life on the ice but also loads of pix. 


There were five of us on this trip - Seth Campbell, Karl Kreutz and two grad students -Will Kochtitzkyand Brittany Main - and me. Seth works largely with ground penetrating radar for his research. His long time scientific partner and senior scientist Karl Kreutz takes snow samples and ice cores to do chemical analysis to date when snow fell in what amount and where the moisture came from. Karl is a professor at the University of Maine- which is one of the four institutions Seth currently works with - the life of a scientist funded by soft money is complex to say the very least.
Will and Brittany are…

Wilderness based science-inspired art and why I need to go

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Anyone who has followed my work for any length of time knows about my deep interest and concern with climate change. My work has incorporated and been influenced by scientific images and data for many years over a variety of subject matters but especially since I've been making climate/environmentally focused work. And people who know me also know that I'm an avid hiker who loves to get out into the backcountry. People have asked me why I like to get into the field and what the relationship between that lived experience and scientific concepts have in my art-making.
There are a number of reasons. First and foremost is my need to connect a deep emotional experience with scientific understanding. I'm the daughter of two scientists in a family full of scientists so I grew up always expecting a scientific baseline to discussing things. I am not a technical illustrator nor do I want to just make graphs and charts. To make art about climate I need to experience it, be in it and s…

Too much elapsed time, lot going on

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Well posting once a year whether I need it or not seems far too rare. Will endeavor to get better but this last year has been a doozie with lots going on. We moved for the first time in 27 years. Not a great distance - less than 20 miles but to a much smaller house with a much bigger studio. Big win all around but the process has been more than a little strenuous.

I have had a couple solo shows in the past that didn't make it here. New one up right now at the Dexter District Library in Dexter Michigan. The show, Field of Vision part II - paintings will be up through mid-December. This show was curated by Joy Naylor of Distinct Designs. The opening is Friday November 18 from 6-8pm if you're in the area.
Some of the work in the show below:




And also have a lot of work in Art Off the Wall at the Ann Arbor Art Center - also on Friday November 18th.
And watch this space for more info about the Westside Art Hop coming up Saturday December 10th from 11-5 and Sunday December 11th from …

Upcoming solo show at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill

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I'm having a solo show at the Village Theater in Canton Michigan in November. These works are a mix of aerial and ground based landscape abstractions, all in encaustic and ranging in size from  about 11 x 30" to 24" x 48" in size.
 I connect deeply with the outdoors.  Places I’ve walked, hiked, sat, lived and imagined figure prominently in my work.   As the only non-scientist in my family I have lived with scientific discussion of the world from a very early age and it profoundly affected the way in which I understand the world and how I make art. I've spent a lot of time looking at scientific visualization from the macro to the micro in scale and have been fascinated with aerial views of landscape for many years  -  often beginning  work from satellite or astronaut photography.
I am drawn to painterly abstraction even when I am painting in a representational way. I enjoy the materiality of working in encaustic and want that lushness to come through whether I a…

Blog-hop

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Bloghop post.   I’m late in getting this up - anyone who thinks of summers as lazy calm time is living in a different world than I am.  At any rate thanks to Supria Karmakar for inviting me to participate and here is my long overdue post.
What am I working on? I’ve been working on a group of linked series in response to a monthlong residency at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument last September. Lots more about that residency here. The residency was wilderness based and left me with a strong sense of being between ground and sky as we spent days hiking in high desert during a month of dramatic storms.  In response I have been working on paintings and monotypes which are somewhat abstracted but experiential in mixed media and encaustic. The monotypes in particular are very storm focused but loose and painterly in approach. Why breathe? Making work feels essential to me and I expect it always will. Specifically making art about environment and climate comes back to my love of the outd…