My "Flowers are Burning" project with my beloved colleague, Helen Klebesadel has some exciting news! One of our collaborative paintings was juried into an international exhibition of artists and scientists collaborating on the theme of the Ocean. Art Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) has organized the 19th International Exhibition, entitled: Science Inspires Art: OCEAN. The museum hosting the exhibition is the New York Hall of Science. ASCI founder & director, Cynthia Pannucci created a wonderful introduction to the show:
OCEAN -- she remains enigmatic even though she was here eons before us. Historians and economists see her as a “super-highway” for transporting cultures and goods, fishermen made livelihoods from her bounty, and writers and poets have memorialized her merciless storms and other-worldly creatures. But most of us know ocean from personal experience -- her photo-worthy sunsets and buoyant waters, waves to play in and salty fresh air, seashells for collecting, and the sounds of sea birds.
Today’s ecologists know our global ocean from the life-sustaining services she provides us-- every second breath of oxygen we take, all the fresh water we require (hydrologic cycle), her regulation of our planet’s temperature and weather patterns, and her important food source of fish.
Unfortunately, for over a decade, scientists have also been reporting on changes that threaten ocean’s health: bleaching corals, ocean acidification, over-fishing, ocean plastics, and endangered marine species.
Based on new scientific information and your personal experiences, the international Open Call for this exhibition asked artists and scientists to help create a new public perception of ocean by sharing creative visions of our deep connections to her, the health issues she faces and/or possible solutions, and feelings she inspires in us.
~ Cynthia Pannucci, ASCI Founder-Director