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the photo journal + misc. news of Emma Kisiel

Historic Snowfall

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Overnight Tuesday/into Wednesday of last week, the Portland area was hit with a record snowstorm – we got more than a foot of snow. It’s the heaviest snowfall since 1995, and it was pretty exciting (and, ultimately, debilitating). My workplace was either closed or operating with a late opening or an early closing through the weekend, and the university where Nat works, which never closes, has been closed due to the weather three days since the storm. We had a fun time for the first couple days, walking all over (thanks, ICEtrekkers!). But the roads have been really bad and we got so tired of staying in the house that we spent Sunday night in a hotel room downtown, laying in a comfy bed (Cody, too) and taking baths and eating donuts. Now it’s warmer and raining a ton, so the snow’s finally starting to break up and melt. We’re crossing our fingers it doesn’t lead to terrible flooding.

Day One 2017 at the Coast

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For the first day of the new year, even with a very late start having been out until 1 or 2 the night before, we drove to the coast. We walked down Arcadia Beach with our dog, sat down and drank little bottles of champagne, and had a good dinner in Cannon Beach. It’s been two years now, and a tradition we want to continue.

This Year in Art Things

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I had been looking forward to 2016 for months, since I knew several big things relating to my art were set to happen. In February, I flew to LA to give a talk about my work and Muybridge’s Horse at the Annenberg Space for Photography. That was an amazing opportunity, and we had such a good time (Nat and I met Katie and Dan there); I still think this is one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. (You can watch my lecture here!)

May through August, pieces from At Rest and Cher Ami were exhibited in a three-person show, Young Voices Sing to Creation at Wesley Theological Seminary’s Dadian Gallery in DC (pictures from the Henry Luce III Center for Arts and Religion’s website and Flickr). All three artists were former MICA students, and the curator of the show a MICA faculty member (who was told about my work by a colleague, my academic advisor in the short time I was at MICA years ago!). I had planned to make it out to DC for the show’s reception in July, but it didn’t work out. A longtime family friend was able to go and see it, though; I think he sent my folks a picture :)

In September, something that had been in the works since the summer of 2014 arrived in my mailbox. This past month, I was finally able to sit down and thoroughly read this wonderful book I’m a part of with many artists and writers I admire, Mourning Animals: Rituals and Practices Surrounding Animal Death. I am so honored to have photographs and writing included in its pages, and my fox from At Rest on its cover. This book is such a special part of the past few years. I still can’t get over it.

Honestly, my favorite aspect of all of this has been the connections I have made with other people. While reading Mourning Animals, I kept telling Nathaniel how cool it was to be reading a book about the one thing I am really interested in, a book that exists because other people, lots of other people, are interested in this, too. And passionate about it. I met people after my lecture and I heard from people while my work was up in DC who just made me feel so excited to be doing what I’m doing and to be a part of something that matters. To have met and connected with so many amazing people (mostly women!) involved in photography and art and animals, and thoughtfully examining animals + death, I feel very fortunate. In that regard, it’s been a good year, and I think next year’s gonna be a good one, too.