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When artist Megan Leung describes the Kluane Lake Exploration Station in Yukon, it paints a picture in your brain.
“It’s by this substantial network of glaciers and the exploration station is lakeside to the premier lake in Yukon Territory. It’s this lovely glowing blue and there are wonderful mountains and boreal forests all-around you,” she suggests.
“If you are blessed adequate to go there in autumn when the colors are switching, it’s a magical area. And indeed — it’s value being up late to view the northern lights, since it will be for good ingrained in your memory.”
Her description of Kluane Lake (identified as Lhù’ààn Mânʼ in the nearby Southern Tutchone language) is just as vivid as the artwork inspired by it.
In 2022, Leung invested two months at the Kluane Lake Analysis Station (KLRS) as its artist in residence. She captured the relationship among artwork, science and neighborhood in her painting, Kluane’s Symphony. The achievements of Leung’s residency led to the creation of a new software in partnership with Parks Canada and the Yukon Arts Centre (YAC).
Apps open for artist residency right until March 20
“We’re thrilled to be launching the Kluane Nationwide Park Artist Residency in partnership with Parks Canada and the YAC,” suggests Kristina Penn, PhD applicant and program direct for KLRS.
“Having Megan at the station final summer time was inspiring for our scientists and the group. The partnership is enabling KLRS to grow on what we did with Megan very last year to host extra artists in a a lot more robust way.”
There are two separate two-week residencies concerning June and September each individual year in 2023 and 2024. Artists will interact with scientists at KLRS, current general public workshops and fall-in classes, as effectively as present the system associates with at least one particular picture of an creative work or item that was created during the residency. The artists’ get the job done will be showcased at the KLRS open up residence and/or the Northern Nights Pageant in Kluane Lake National Park.
The residency incorporates a $3,000 honorarium from the YAC, entire accessibility to Kluane Countrywide Park, and lodging and meals at KLRS. Artists will have possibilities to accessibility experts, ecological gurus, and Parks Canada personnel to help inspire their work and approach their public courses. Artists can utilize on the YAC website just before March 20, 2023.
“We strongly believe that in the potential for art as a science communications resource,” says Penn. “The residency is the ideal environment to check out the interplay between science, conservation, and artwork, and give artists a opportunity to share their perform and join with men and women from all in excess of the world.”
A person of the most satisfying components of the residency for Leung was sharing her “disruptive” tactic to artwork and science with scientists, neighborhood, and college teams for whom she put on workshops.
“It was actually good to clearly show the alternatives of interdisciplinary techniques and how if you delight in two matters, like art and science, you can basically do the two of them!” she claims.
“You will not have to match into a box sometimes, you really want to just crack the box.”
For Leung, a master’s college student researching arctic hydrology in the Office of Geography at UCalgary, that appeared like paying time in the field with researchers to see the land from their stage of check out, and then including their investigate in her painting.
“I would target 1 working day on soil, and another day on drinking water, or spruce needles, or the glaciers. It is a great way to attain a additional nicely-rounded understanding of the landscape.”
Who should use?
Leung doesn’t want any artists to get the impact a scientific or research history is essential to get as considerably as she did out of the residency.
“You just want to be someone that appreciates mother nature, acquiring ease and comfort in admiring the small factors about a landscape. You can paint from reference photographs and that’s all good and excellent, but when you are being someplace and you are immersed in the spot, that’s when the seemingly inanimate turns into a small additional animated.”
Artists can implement for the Kluane Nationwide Park Residency until March 20, 2023. For much more details on the system, stop by the YAC web page. Learn additional about Megan Leung’s art on her site.
- Photograph over: Kluane’s Symphony illustrates how the expansive landscape of Lhù’ààn Mân (Kluane Lake) and all the meaningful operate that researchers, youth teams, and local community users I experienced the honour of paying out time on the land with motivated me. This piece commences with the intensive roots programs of the diverse flora and fauna of the subarctic boreal forest, which includes the lively 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 related to the land by the fluxes of surface and subsurface water stream, as properly as huge recreation that hunt them, lots of of which travel to much higher elevations, where by Thechàl Dhâl (Sheep Mountain) overlooks these braided waters fed by the sweeping Kaskawulsh Glacier through the Ä’äy Chù (Slims River). At evening, the aurora borealis dances via the darkish skies, whilst all other complex organisms that originated from eukaryotic cells are at rest.
– Megan Leung