Tundra Network
Ceramic tile
19"h x 19"w

Nancy Hausle-Johnson

created in response to Tundra Tapestry
composed by Christina Rusnak

Christina Rusnak is musically describing a small section of tundra. As I listened to the piece, I thought about alpine tundra and of the pika, which I know lives there.  The nine small tiles contain plants that are found in the tundra, and are as varied as the bits of music in this piece.
Consistently occurring lower notes in the music are reminiscent of the actions of a pika as it scurries through this network of plants.  It rests, watches and listens to the wind as it carries the sounds, smells and movements throughout this miniature landscape.