An Artistic Approach to Non-Linear Research will be presented as part of the Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies brownbag series. Artist Nina Elder will present on her travels to some of the most environmentally impacted, geographically distant, and economically important places on the globe where she researches how the natural environment is changing through human-centered activities. Through these journeys that have been focused on Alaska and Western Canada she gathers stories, images, ideas, and correlations to form an evolving narrative presentation. This presentation is equal parts travel log, artist talk, poetic narrative, and a scrutiny of assumptions about the North. It weaves together unlikely associations between piles of rocks, Nina’s father’s untold military history, climate change, Native cultures, obsolete communication technology, and the need for curiosity. This work has been supported by the Anchorage Museum, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation.
Nina Elder: is an artist, adventurer, and arts administrator. She examines historic land use and its cycles of production, consumption, and waste. Her meticulous drawings explore the aesthetics of industrial, scientific, and military sites. Through research, workshops, exhibitions, and curated excursions, Nina illuminates that the contemporary landscape is the physical manifestation of modern needs, economies, policies, and powers. Rooted in years of facilitating interdisciplinary creative projects, Nina’s work promotes curiosity, exploration, and collective sense of stewardship. Nina is an advocate for collaborations between artists, scientists, and communities, and has produced projects with organizations around the country including Grinnell College, the Tamarind Institute, the Harvard Forest, and the Anchorage Museum. With an MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, Nina’s work has been exhibited and collected nationally, and has been included in publications such as Art in America, VICE Magazine, and New American Paintings. Her work has been recognized with the Rauschenberg Award for Arts and Activism as well as a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant.
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