Elissa Pettibone Artist Statement:
Karen Stomberg Artist Statement:
Collected Treasures ll: Plants from the Kachemak Bay Area
I am very conscious of the preciousness of our world and the efforts made by science to protect, preserve and document each piece of it. So, though this work began with drawing the beauty of iconic wildflowers, it deepened as I considered their twin qualities of fragility and resilience. I decided to draw herbarium plant specimens, touching on the stories they tell through time and place. I am drawing four Kachemak Bay area plant species, each three times: first, dried specimens collected by the 1899 Harriman Alaska Expedition, then, mid-twentieth century specimens from the UA Museum of the North herbarium, lastly, the live plants I collected near Seldovia in 2019.