Katherine Dunn

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Alberta Flooding May Lead To Discovery Of More Fossils, Artifacts

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2013 | 12:45 PM

When Cody Van Megen took his dog for a walk along Calgary's swollen Bow River days after last month's floods, he was bracing for signs of devastation along a stretch of bank in the city's southeast.

What he didn't expect to find were a set of gigantic rib bones, sticking...

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Love Letter to Father Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 7:46 PM


Dear Father Christmas,

It has been many years since I've written, but I was reminded of you this week when I saw photographs of the heavy snow fall in my old homeland of Minnesota. As an Oregonian, I rarely experience snow anymore,...

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The Walking Goat Soul

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 10:46 AM

Another piece of art to be included in Misfits of Love a collection of narratives about the old and needy barn animals that have found Apifera in some magical set of...

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An Old Barn, Like an Old Creature, Should Have Purpose

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 7:18 PM

"Dream deep," I heard a voice say warmly, like an old aunt sitting and knitting on the front porch.

It was Old Barn, back on the day I first looked at...

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The Cat That Became My Father and How It Healed Me

(2) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 2:24 PM

While in the thick of grieving my father's death, I found my art making process of working intuitively -- without boundaries, patterns or sketches to dictate to me -- both a comfort and an eye opener. I took notice of the unusual messengers that presented themselves to help me in...

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Healing Hearts Both Old and Young

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2011 | 4:45 PM


"I'm going to take you fishing," I told my husband,

His expression showed delight, as he hadn't had time to fish since fall. He had worked tirelessly on so many projects all winter and spring, then went right into summer field work here at...

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Bird Soaks in Me

(2) Comments | Posted June 2, 2011 | 6:44 PM

My new book often describes my intuitive process for "capturing the essence" of a feeling, time, creature or person. I am not sure...

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Photographs of the Dying: A Shared Experience Amongst Creatures

(1) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 3:03 PM

2011-03-17-3.17a.jpgShe weighed just 4 pounds. I had secretly named her Little Daisy, which is a mistake. One should never name a lamb before a few days; you learn that. But then again, maybe this one time it was important that I name her....

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Collaborations With a Sock Puppet and Why it Feeds My Art

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2011 | 9:08 AM


I live with a socket puppet, or the sock puppet lives with me.

I began making puppets a few years after I moved to my farm. It was one of those projects I'd had in the back of my mind and forefront in...

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You Don't Need to Know Where the Butter Dish Is

(4) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 12:23 PM


The word "chaos" might have a negative connotation, yet I can't think of another word to describe this painting I did some years ago when we first moved to the farm. My old world as artist was colliding with my new world as shepherd...

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The Final Sketch of a Life

(2) Comments | Posted January 26, 2011 | 4:30 PM


My father was an architect, but he was also an artist, an "art lifer" as I prefer to call him. This post was inspired by a profound encounter I had with a piece of my father's art while I was home helping my mother...

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Inspired by Donkey Ears (and Why It Matters)

(9) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 9:23 AM


When I moved to Apifera Farm in 2004, I was donkey-less. But two years later I was communing with not one, but three donkeys. Nature and animals have always been muses in my art and writing, but I became enthralled with...

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