KENTON PRATT / LA WAYAKA CURRENT ARCTIC
Photos by Dillon Anthony
KENTON PRATT (b.1989 USA) is a visual artist. Pratt was an artist in residence during EXPEDITION 8 - La Wayaka Current / Arctic Location.
"Travelling to Norway and seeing landscape and Sami culture would be an amazing experience. I would love to see how people and land could influence my work. I have recently begun a series of work that focuses on simple wood carvings and traditional book binding techniques. I plan on making animal parts out of wood or other found materials and stitching them together. I would like to continue this style of working. I would be interested in reclaiming wood found on the island. I also would love to find local wool to use if it is available." - Kenton Pratt
Pratt's father is a ceramic teacher so he grew up working with clay a lot and still uses it when appropriate to a project. In college though he began blowing glass. After he graduated from university in 2012, he worked at a glass studio in New Jersey called Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center with the Creative Director Hank Murta Adams. In 2014 he began blowing glass at sea on cruise ships for the Corning Museum of Glass. Recently he took a 2 month class at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. The class was taught by Dan Essig in bookbinding and wood working. He is also an avid knitter and make his own sweaters and socks.
DOCUMENTATION OF RESIDENCY AT ARCTIC W/ LA WAYAKA CURRENT
As part of his residency, Kenton worked with natural materials from the arctic environment including wood, barks, local wools and antlers and injested the local folklore and culture of this area. With this he constructed an array of works filling up a basement with his creations. Below are a series of photos fellow artist in residency Dillon Anthony kindly took of the project throughout his travels with us.