Earl and Wanda Casazza Gallery, Nevada Museum of Art Center for Art+Environment
May 28, 2016 – September 18, 2016
Anna McKee’s WAIS Reliquary is a sculptural installation comprised of 3405 glass ampules that she sewed to 678 silk panels in a long hanging row creating a subtly swaying wave form. The entire piece suggests a graph. Shifting hues hint at untold levels of information and a deep measure of time. Though abstract, the installation’s form is the expression of 68,000 years of temperature history from an ice sheet.
McKee collaborated with Seattle composer/sound artist Steve Peters, who created a multi-channel sound piece, taken from recordings of the reliquary ampules. Steve makes music and sound for many contexts and occasions using environmental recordings, found/natural objects, electronics, acoustic instruments, and voices. His work is often site-based, attentive to the subtle nuances of perception and place.