2013 Artists-in-Residence

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“Migration of the Long-tailed Jaeger” 23.5" x 21" x 4" South American rosewood and ebony, bigleaf maple, alder, with mineral crystal inlays, metal acid dyes, and a musical instrument lacquer finish

Stephen Hatcher

Migration of the Long-tailed Jaeger

This piece was inspired by the sighting of the long-tailed jaeger during my first day hiking in Denali during my residency. The bird has a striking appearance and I saw it in the midst of rain and sunbursts atop Polychrome Ridge.

The woods in this piece reflect the dramatic migration path of the long-tailed jaeger which ranges from Western South American through the Pacific Northwest to Central Alaska. The vessel is hollow and the lid/finial can be removed. (It is secured with rare-earth magnets). The body wood, big leaf maple, was selected to enhance the inlay design with a sky and clouds effect.

The form seems Asian but that isn't the intent. The sweeping top represents the grandeur of Denali, while the lid reflects the shape of black spruce, and the finial reflects the shape of the tail feathers of the LT Jaeger. The burned, leaning tree imagery represents the threat of increasing fires in the black spruce forests of Alaska due to climate change. Personally, the sweeping top also represents my wife Brenda's stance when she was singing "The Sound of Music" when we were on Polychrome mountain during the first sighting of the long-tailed jaeger.

— Stephen Hatcher, 2013

Stephen Hatcher is a woodturner and sculptor who incorporates mineral crystals into his designs. This unique style of artwork has earned him many awards including recognition by Southwest Art magazine as the most innovative wood artist in 2007. He has also been featured in many other books and magazines, including most recently "100 Northwest Artists." Stephen's work is found in numerous private, corporate, and institution collections around the world. Trained in electrical engineering and mathematics, Stephen was an entrepreneur in the Seattle, WA area for 25 years designing cutting­-edge satellite communications equipment. Retiring from the field in 2002, he pursued his love of art which draws inspiration from the natural beauty and cultural aspects of the Pacific Rim. The residency in Denali was deeply inspirational on many fronts and has lead to entirely new lines of artistic exploration. Visit Stephen Hatcher's website.

Stephen Hatcher
Stephen Hatcher

Wendy Klemperer

"The imagery that pervades my work reflects a lifelong fascination with animals. To make the large scale sculptures I search scrap yards for industrial refuse ravaged by usage and demolition. Bent and twisted, such pieces contain energy and potential new life. My welding process is a kind of three dimensional gesture drawing. A network of steel lines builds a skeletal form containing both presence and absence. I investigate the body language of animals to express a feeling or state of being, with motion conveying emotion. Focusing on the animal realm seems no less important to me than on that of humans, to explore the continuity and relationship between all forms of life on earth."

Wendy Klemperer is a sculptor known primarily for her large scale steel pieces of animals in motion, many of which are installed in permanent locations across the country. She earned a bachelor's in biochemistry at Harvard before moving to New York City to pursue art full time, earning a B.F.A. in sculpture at Pratt Institute in 1983. She has had residencies from the Skowhegan School, MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, Sculpture Space in Utica, Denali National Park, and SIAS University in Xinzheng, China. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and Nelson, NH. Visit Wendy Klemperer's website.


Kathleen Dean Moore

Kathleen Dean Moore is is Distinguished Professor emerita at Oregon State University, co-founder and Senior Fellow of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, and a member of the Board of Directors of Orion magazine.

She is a nature writer and environmental philosopher, best known for books set on the edge of water—Riverwalking, Holdfast, Pine Island Paradox, and Wild Comfort. She travels widely to speak about ethics and climate change. Kathleen Dean Moore's website.

Last updated: March 7, 2019

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