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Wunderkammer, or, "wonder room," was the precursor to the modern museum, featuring objects collected by a patron, often pertaining to natural history, geology, archaeology, and art. Also called "cabinet of curiosities," these collections reflect the human impulse to document, possess, categorize, and display our observations of the world around us. This series of works represents my own collection, sometimes a documentation of topics and objects that catch my interest, and other times explorations of visual vocabulary of scientific illustrations.
Gouache and india ink on paper, 5" x 4".
Clio pyramidata is an example of a swimming sea snail with a shell ("sea butterfly"). It uses wing-like parapodia to fly through the water. In photographs, these creatures resemble nothing so much as alien crafts floating in space.
Gouache and india ink on brown toned paper, 4" x 5".
A study in the style of natural history drawings based on the research that confirmed how ocean acidification affects a key zooplankton (sea butterfly, "Limacina helicina"). Individuals affected by acidity show cloudy, perforated shells.
Acrylic paint on primed pine board, 8" x 8".
A "sea butterfly"—it uses winglike "parapodia" that allows it to move in a way very similar to small flying insects—that lives in arctic waters, this species make up more than 50% of the polar zooplankton population. These animals have become a key indicator species for ocean acidification research because the production of their fragile calcium carbonate shell is sensitive to the acidity of the seawater they inhabit; in 2011, researchers found that specimens collected off of US west coast showed severely damaged shells.
Watercolor on paper, 7"x 5"
My thesis show at Pomona College offered me the opportunity to share my musings about our cultural obsession with post-apocalyptic narratives. In addition to the salon gallery featuring mixed media works and the large scale still life, there was a chair where a visitor could sit and read through an artist-made book.
Oil on canvas, 7'x6.'
Vanitas—from the latin form of "vanity," which connotes "futility" rather than self-absorption according to the historical usage of the word—is a subgenre of still life paintings that often depicted symbols representing transience of life and the certainty of death. This painting makes a departure from the scope of a human lifespan to consider that which we might lose in the face of disruption of earth's ecological balance, re-contextualizing it within the framework of vanitas paintings.
The sequential and immersive quality of books are used to explore a different way of experiencing visual media in this series of handmade books.