Katie Ione Craney is an artist based in Haines who primarily works with scrap material and found objects. She uses beeswax to attach items like bullet casings, muskox qiviut, beach trash, and photographs to pieces of scrap metal. Her art is featured in the Alaska Biennial 2020, on display through April 4 at the Anchorage Museum.
“Overall it’s my way of acknowledging this place that I am so fortunate to be able to call home. It’s my way of showing and trying to decipher my own responsibility toward it. If I can help communicate that it’s ok to sit with not knowing and sit with grief, especially about the climate crisis and so much change happening so rapidly…it’s almost like it’s my way of giving back, like a reciprocal relationship. If I can communicate how important one little thing is maybe that can trigger someone else to care or do something or just feel more a part of this system. We really are all interconnected, and I think so often we forget about that.”