This blog post is a letter of introduction courtesy of Kimi Eisele, current artist in residence at the Island Institute through the support of the Rasmuson Artist Residency Program. She will be here in Sitka until mid-November.
I’m enchanted and alive with your offerings. I am originally from Pennsylvania but have lived for the past 18 years in the Sonoran Desert, the most biodiverse desert in the world, but a very dry place (Tucson gets on average 11 inches of rain a year). I am standing on my head in Sitka, a completely different ecosystem, and I dig the view from here.
We had a wonderful time travelling through Ketchikan, Juneau, Gustavus, and Sitka last month as part of the 2017 Tidelines Journey featuring artists Nina Elder, Billy Joe Miller, Jimmy Riordan, and Wendy Given.