I'm delighted to announce that I've been selected to be an Artist in Residence at Denali National Park and Preserve this summer. I get to spend nine days in a one-room cabin in the park with no electricity, no running water, and best of all no wi-fi.
Sounds like absolute bliss, doesn't it? The park even provides the bear spray.
Most of my time will be spent hiking the wilderness with a notebook in hand. This spring I've taken an intro to drawing class to add to my note taking repertoire. I also took a fantastic cyanotype class and hope to use that method to capture some images. After all, the sun will be setting at about 11 pm while I'm in the park, so I'll have plenty of sunlight to work with.
My research will focus on exploring the relationship between democracy and climate change, which I'll use to create a new zine for my Democracy Series. On my final day in the park I'll teach a zine-making workshop that's open to the public.
In many ways, my zine-making practice was launched by my first artist residency at Mesa Verde National Park in 2016. I was inspired to use the trail guide structure and format to write a narrative story of a hiker's minor misadventures on my favorite trail in the park. The Other Petroglyph Trail Guide is available in three formats to help you choose your own adventure:
The national parks truly are America's greatest natural resource. It was Teddy Roosevelt himself who wrote (with perhaps a bit of presidential hyperbole), "We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune."
I'm grateful for the opportunity to explore Denali National Park as an artist and hope to contribute in my own small way to its legacy.
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