Are you a pluviophile?

9 Feb
Jennifer Chushcoff documents work at a cranberry bog for her book WA is Water. Photo provided by artist.

Jennifer Chushcoff documents work at a cranberry bog for her book WA is Water. Photo provided by artist.

What do misty mornings, cranberry bogs, and waterfalls have in common? They are all featured in Jennifer Chushcoff’s new book, WA is Water. Her exploration of water in our state is a visual, scientific, and spiritual journey through native ecosystems large and small. WA is Water encourages audience participation, by sending in submissions to the Rain Glossary, images to the WA is Water Facebook page, and highlighting poems on the topic.

Jennifer Chushcoff on the Washington coast, gathering data and images for her book WA is Water. Photo provided by artist.

Jennifer Chushcoff on the Washington coast, gathering data and images for her book WA is Water. Photo provided by artist.

Chushcoff’s triplicate approach to the subject is intriguing and informational. The macro photography lends an intimate feeling which is supported by the poems, while the scientific facts lend an academic credibility to the project. I enjoy the juxtaposition of research and whimsy present in this project and in its creator.

Name the Rain
Do you have a word for a specific kind of rain? If so, post it on the WA is WATER Facebook page. It may end up in the Name the Rain Glossary! You will receive an attribution if your word and definition are selected for the book.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Jennifer Chushcoff’s work through the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program.

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Tacoma Arts Commission member Traci Kelly. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

Traci Kelly moved to Tacoma in 2004 and joined the Tacoma Arts Commission shortly after. Her degree is in sculpture, but she appreciates the range of arts the City of Destiny has to offer.

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3 Responses to “Are you a pluviophile?”

  1. Susan Beck February 10, 2016 at 10:59 am #

    Outstanding work – loved the video compilation – look forward to publication of book by author and photographer Jennifer Chushcoff!

    • Jennifer Chushcoff (@byjenn) April 14, 2016 at 10:34 pm #

      Thank you! I had a bit of fun with the video. The book has become a big project! Trying to distill all the info and make it manageable is a challenge, but I enjoy it.

  2. jchushcoff February 10, 2016 at 11:32 am #

    Yes, I am! Thanks for the great article, Traci. I’m looking forward to submissions for the book’s glossary, Name the Rain.

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