Kristin Link: Drawn from the Field
Date(s) - 01/09/2015 - 03/08/2015
The Valdez Museum on Egan
Kristin Link is an accomplished illustrator who lives and works in McCarthy, Alaska. Link’s solo exhibition will feature her sketches, drawings and paintings, material related to the artistic process, and field sketches. Link writes of her work: “My mission as an artist is to share stories and inspire curiosity about the natural world through art and illustration. If I am not drawing, then I am probably outside exploring and observing. I have always been curious about nature, I like to know why something looks the way it does, and to learn how it works. I read field guides before I go to bed and whenever I go for a walk I come back with some interesting thing I found in my pocket. In 2010 I graduated with a certificate in Science Illustration from California State University Monterey Bay. In addition to working as a science illustrator, I make and exhibit my own work to tell stories and to share my observations from the natural world.”
As suggested by the title, Kristin Link’s solo exhibition will focus on her scientific illustration done in the field. Link’s exhibition will consist of approximately 30 works in a variety of 2-dimensional media including gouache, acrylic, graphite, watercolors and colored pencil, plus several examples of Link’s signature sketchbook format. The tone of Link’s exhibition will be organic, representing Link’s artistic process and including interpretation concerning Link’s fieldwork and observational techniques. Examples shown here are taken from the artist’s web site and do not represent the actual pieces selected.
Link’s popularity as evidenced by both her recent solo exhibition at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau, popular field workshops previously offered in Valdez, and regional exhibitions in neighboring communities, will engage visitors with interests both in fine arts and natural history. Interpretive materials will educate audiences about the natural features of our geographic region. Through programmatic tie-ins, the exhibition will feature the opportunity for visitors to become engaged in the artistic process and be encouraged to develop their own body of plein-air works. The colorful, naturalistic theme of Link’s work will be a welcome addition to the museum’s gallery during the cold winter months.