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In the language of the Inuit people, “aujak” is the brief Arctic season that southerners call "summer"*. As in other parts of the planet, climate change is redefining aujak and the lives of local animals, such as thick-billed murres portrayed in this composition.

The Korean tray, a casting of 85% mica and graphite, was hand burnished but otherwise unfinished.

*Hallendy, N. (2009). Tukiliit: the Stone People Who Live in the Wind. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press. p. 115.

tabletop fountain with handmade miniatures, pump, and live plant
14" x 10" x 10"