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Artist in Residence

Art at KLRS

In 2017 KLRS initiated an Artist in Residence program, and between 2017 and 2022 hosted Leslie Sobel, Cedra Wood and Megan Leung

Through partnership with Parks Canada and Yukon Arts Centre, this work was expanded with the Kluane National Park Artist Residency, launched in 2023. The Residency allows artists to connect with researchers at the Station and engage with the community via drop-in Artist at Work demonstrations, public workshops, and artist presentations. Each year, two artists will be hosted in separate two-week residencies between June and September.

Megan Leung, 2022 Artist in Residence.

Kluane National Park Artist Residency

We're excited to introduce our artists in residence for 2023 and 2024.

2023 Artists

Teagyn Aatagwéix'i Vallevand is a visual artist and citizen of Kwanlin Dün First Nation. Aatagwéix'i practices many traditional art forms such as beading, Ravenstail weaving, and formline. Her art explores the concept of being a modern First Nations woman by translating cultural reclamation through the creation of wearable art and mixing contemporary art forms with traditional.

Christine Koch is a Newfoundland-based painter and printmaker who sources her inspiration and imagery from the natural world. In 1998 she was invited to be one of the artists to inaugurate the Gros Morne National Park Artist in Residence Programme. Since then, she has travelled to increasingly remote northern environments in the company of scientists investigating the effects of climate change. 

2024 Artists

Misha Donohoe is an Australian–Canadian artist based in Whitehorse, Canada. Misha creates intricate and scientifically observed works in watercolour, ink, and prints. From the minute reality of an insect pollinator to the timeless expanse of mountain formations, Donohoe invites audiences to navigate between overlapping worlds.

Bettina Matzkuhn explores themes of ecology, weather, and geography in her fibre work. Using embroidery, paint and fabric collage she values the versatile language of textiles. Her animated films using textiles garnered awards and led to an interest in narrative that continues to inform her work. Bettina lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Art and Science Communication

In May 2023, the research station hosted Claire Giordano, the science communication and art instructor for the University of Maine's field school program called Sea to Sky.

Claire is an environmental artist, writer, and educator creatively exploring the interwoven patterns of people, place, and climate change. At the heart of her interdisciplinary work is the goal to create visual and virtual spaces that foster connections between individuals and our warming world. Claire is also the founder of the Adventure Art Academy, where she teaches immersive virtual art classes filmed on her hiking adventures.

“May 24, 2023. I woke up at 5:00am this morning, too excited for another day of painting, teaching, and exploring to sleep any longer. With 22 hours of daylight the days feel so wonderfully long here. I’m currently sitting outside the mess hall watching, and trying to paint, the fleeting light of the mountains. While I wait for my current painting to dry in the cold morning air, I carefully unpack the paintings I made yesterday on the icefield. The five pieces of watercolor paper tell the story of the day, from the fractal patterns created by freezing paint to small blobs of dye from the snow pit that got onto everything. Like every painting created here, I will soon tape them to the wall; every brush stroke is part of the growing constellation of our team’s experience here.”

Excerpt from Claire Giordano’s field notebook

Claire Giordano painting in the icefield.

Thank You to Our 2022 Artist

In 2022 KLRS hosted Megan Leung, an artist and a Masters student at the University of Calgary in the Geography Department. Megan spent two months at KLRS, learned about the research in the region and created a painting to represent the intersections between disciplines and research topics studied here.

Kluane’s Symphony illustrates how the expansive landscape of Lhù’ààn Mânʼ (Kluane Lake) and all the meaningful work that researchers, youth groups, and community members I had the honour of spending time on the land with inspired me. This piece begins with the extensive roots systems of the diverse flora and fauna of the subarctic boreal forest, including the vibrant fireweed of the Yukon, migrating to the shores of the deep turquoise glacial waters, rich with arctic graylings, rainbow trout, and mountain whitefish. These waters are connected to the land by the fluxes of surface and subsurface water flow, as well as large game that hunt them, many of which travel to much higher elevations, where Thechàl Dhâl (Sheep Mountain) overlooks these braided waters fed by the sweeping Kaskawulsh Glacier via the Ä’äy Chù (Slims River). At night, the aurora borealis dances through the dark skies, while all other complex organisms that originated from eukaryotic cells, are at rest.

Megan Leung
Artist in Residence at the Kluane Lake Research Station, 2022

Kluane Symphony by Megan Leung, 2022.
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