SNEAK PEEKS | stay tuned guys, gals, and nonbinary pals: full documentation series to come in the near future. But for now, one semester later, the treehouse set is done. (For now).
shout out to @bribinart for the extra pair of hands during the documentation process
JoAnn Axford (@jfaxford): The invitation to participate in the exhibit, “Adaptations to Extremes”, opened the door to going off on one of my “Creative Tangents”. These are times when I put my carved porcelain pots on hold for a bit and try something outside my comfort zone. It always makes me stretch, try new things, and think a little differently. I was asked to join this collaborative effort where marine biologists share their research with a group of artists and we respond. This research project, lead by Dr. Joan Bernhard, is studying Foraminifera, a single celled organism which is found on the oxygen depleted floor of the Santa Barbara Basin, California. This research could lead to some significant information important to dealing with Climate Change. When I began to study “foraminifera”, I was immediately amazed at the variety and beauty of the forms, textures, and structures of these single-celled creatures. I responded to this challenge by creating 14 small sculptures, pictured below, to give the viewer a tactile experience of this organism that is usually seen only under a microscope. The electron micrograph of foraminifera was provided by Dr. Joan Bernhard. Fig. 5 in Bernhard et al. (1997) J Foramin Res., v. 21, p. 301-310, posted by permission.
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