The artist Katie Craney has been fascinated with the role of plankton in our everyday lives. People in southeast Alaska, where she lives, and people around the world rely on it for oxygen, for marine food supply, and for livelihoods. In her home region in Alaska, she learned of the close connections that link plankton with ice melt, glacier runoff, and salmon; all that define life in Southeast Alaska. She recently wrote The Air We Breathe for Artists and Climate Change.
Her art is a response to the imminent transformation and vulnerability of the north. Within any given fragment of land or water there are ethereal processes at work that support the northern world she calls home. Human-caused climate change is rapidly altering the structure of these northern ecological communities to which people have adapted and on which they rely for survival.
The images below all show new work that she created for a recent solo show, Melt: A Commentary on Alaska’s Warming Winters at Skipping Stone Studio in Haines, Alaska. These are small, intimate pieces, just a few inches across, inviting close inspection. They draw on a variety of everyday materials: paper, gauze, wax and aluminum leaf, attached to metal or wood.
You can see more of her work on her website Deciphering Change.
For more information and images, please visit her website.