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Plankton and Hebrew Manuscripts

This series intertwines two seemingly very different aspects of our lives as humans on Earth: expressive representations of microscopic marine life coexist with and a beautiful cultural Artifact in the form of a Hebrew Bible from more than a thousand years ago, created in Old Cairo. Visually, the forms of the plankton and the decorative forms of the Leningrad Codex fit so perfectly that it was a bit unsettling when I first put them together. Together, they stir our imagination and push our thoughts to the unseen aspects of our World which are vital to our existence as the more visible physical homes, large life forms, and inter-personal relationships.

  • Asterionellopsis Glacia with Ceratium and Hebrew Letters

    Asterionellopsis Glacia with Ceratium and Hebrew Letters

    ©2022

    Mixed Media digital and analogue. Sources include Leningrad Codex, produced in Cairo, 1008 C.E.; plankton  microcaptures by the Menden-Deuer lab, University of Rhode Island.

    Variable dimensions

    Produced in collaboration with the Menden-Deuer lab, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island.

    Current Exhibition:

    Mayim Chaiyim: A Watershed show in the Koslowe Gallery
    Westchester Jewish Center

  • Plankton Universe

    Plankton Universe

    ©2021

    Mixed Media digital and analogue. Sources include Leningrad Codex, produced in Cairo, 1008 C.E.; Ciliate and other plankton microcaptures by the Menden-Deuer lab, University of Rhode Island.

    Variable dimensions

    Exhibitions:

    Techspressionism: Digital and Beyond
    Southampton Arts Center
    curated by Colin Goldberg
    April 21- June 4 2022

    Mayim Chaiyim: A Watershed show in the Koslowe Gallery
    Westchester Jewish Center
    February – June 2022

    Devotion
    Pavillion #11 @ the Wrong Biennale nº5

    online exhibition curated by Roz Dimon, 2021 – March 2022

    International Triennale of Contemporary Graphic Arts Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Siberia, Russia 2021

    Ocean View
    University of Rhode Island, Providence Campus Gallery, April 2021

  • Copepod in a Red Sea in Old Cairo

    Copepod in a Red Sea in Old Cairo

    ©2021 – 2022

    Mixed Media digital and analogue. Sources include Leningrad Codex, produced in Cairo, 1008 C.E.; Copepod and other plankton  microcaptures by the Menden-Deuer lab, University of Rhode Island.

    Variable dimensions

    Produced in collaboration with the Menden-Deuer lab, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island.

    Exhibitions

    Techspressionism: Digital and Beyond
    Southampton Arts Center
    curated by Colin Goldberg
    April 21- June 4 2022

  • Old Cairo Cover Page with North Atlantic Plankton

    Old Cairo Cover Page with North Atlantic Plankton

    ©2021

    Mixed Media digital and analogue. Sources include Leningrad Codex, produced in Cairo, 1008 C.E.; Ciliate and other plankton  microcaptures by the Menden-Deuer lab, University of Rhode Island.

    Variable dimensions

    Produced in collaboration with the Menden-Deuer lab, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island.

    Exhibited:

    Techspressionism 2021
    international online exhibition curated by Colin Goldberg and Patrick Lichty

  • Drawing Ciliates into Old Cairo Text with Asterionellopsis

    Drawing Ciliates into Old Cairo Text

    ©2020

    Mixed Media digital and analogue. Sources include Leningrad Codex, produced in Cairo, 1008 C.E.; Ciliate and other plankton  microcaptures by the Menden-Deuer lab, University of Rhode Island.

    Variable dimensions

    Produced in collaboration with the Menden-Deuer lab, School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island.

    Exhibited:

    City Wide Open Studios 2020

  • Ciliates in the Circular Void

    Ciliates in the Circular Void

    ©2020

    Mixed Media digital and analogue. Sources include Leningrad Codex, produced in Cairo, 1008 C.E.; Ciliate and other plankton  microcaptures by the Menden-Deuer lab, University of Rhode Island.

    Variable dimensions

    Produced in collaboration with the Menden-Deuer lab, School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island.

    Exhibited:

    Rondeur, La Maison des artistes visuels francophones, Winnipeg, curated by Susan Turner, November 2021

    Roundness Project, curated by Susan Turner
    2020

    City Wide Open Studios 2020

    Published online:

    Roundness

  • Ciliates in the Deep Sea, State 2

    Ciliates in the Deep Sea, State 2

    ©2020

    Mixed Media digital and analogue. Sources include Leningrad Codex, produced in Cairo, 1008 C.E.; Ciliate and other plankton  microcaptures by the Menden-Deuer lab, University of Rhode Island.

    Variable dimensions

    Produced in collaboration with the Menden-Deuer lab, School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island.

    Exhibited:

    City Wide Open Studios 2020

  • The Song of Diatoms in Old Cairo

    The Song of Diatoms in Old Cairo

    ©2020

    The first in a series of images produced during the Pandemic Lockdown in April, 2020.

    Mixed Media digital and analogue.Sources include Leningrad Codex, produced in Cairo, 1008 C.E.; Ciliate and other plankton  microcaptures by the Menden-Deuer lab, University of Rhode Island.

    Variable dimensions

    Exhibited:

    III International Triennale of Contemporary Graphic Arts in Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia

    City Wide Open Studios 2020

    Published online:

    Catherine Mason, Art in Lockdown Studio International, May 5, 2020

  • Ciliates in Yemen, State 1

    Ciliates in Yemen, State 1

    ©2020

    Mixed Media digital and analogue. Sources include  Pentateuch with Masorah and Masoretic and Grammatical Introduction by the scribe Benayah ben Sa’adyah. produced in Yemen in  1470. Ciliate and other plankton  microcaptures by the Menden-Deuer lab, university of Rhode Island and the artist.

    Variable dimensions

    Produced in collaboration with the Menden-Deuer lab, School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island.

    Exhibited:

    City Wide Open Studios 2020

  • Ciliates in Yemen, State 2

    Ciliates in Yemen, State 2

    ©2020

    Mixed Media digital and analogue. Sources include  Pentateuch with Masorah and Masoretic and Grammatical Introduction by the scribe Benayah ben Sa’adyah. produced in Yemen in  1470. Ciliate and other plankton  microcaptures by the Menden-Deuer lab, university of Rhode Island and the artist.

    Variable dimensions

    Produced in collaboration with the Menden-Deuer lab, School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island.

    Exhibited:

    City Wide Open Studios 2021

  • Diatom Chains and the Dead Sea Scroll Fragments in Pink

    Diatom Chains and the Dead Sea Scroll Fragments in Pink

    ©2017

    This image is part of a series of mixed-media digital prints bringing together two previously unseen and unknown elements in our world: one, the microscopic life in our waters that form the basis of all life, and the other, hidden texts that may have given rise to some of the important philosophical and spiritual thought of our contemporary culture. The imagery mixes photographic and hand-drawn images of plankton with Dead Sea Scrolls. Augmented Reality is a part of the work, revealing source materials and context. Produced with input from the Menden-Deuer lab of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island.

    Exhibited:

    Natural Instincts – curated by Jewish Art Salon
    Charter Oak Cultural Center
    Hartford, CT

  • Diatoms and the Dead Sea Scroll in Blue

    Diatoms and the Dead Sea Scroll in Blue

    ©2017

    This image is part of a series of mixed-media digital prints bringing together two previously unseen and unknown elements in our world: one, the microscopic life in our waters that form the basis of all life, and the other, hidden texts that may have given rise to some of the important philosophical and spiritual thought of our contemporary culture. The imagery mixes photographic and hand-drawn images of plankton with Dead Sea Scrolls. Augmented Reality is a part of the work, revealing source materials and context. Produced with input from the Menden-Deuer lab of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island.

    Source

  • Plankton and the Ancient Egyptian Hebrew Text State I

    Plankton and the Ancient Egyptian Hebrew Text State I

    Part of the ongoing series melding plankton and ancient Hebrew manuscripts.  With this image I explore fragments of ancient texts, as interesting visual forms, as well as holders of words and spiritual longings.  Microscopic Plankton were only discovered in the last 100 years, and yet their forms seem to be reflected in the Hebrew Egyptian texts from the 10th or 11th centuries.

    Exhibited:

    2016 Meditations on Place The Koslowe Gallery, Westchester Jewish Center, Mamaroneck, NY, June

    2016 Augmented Reality and Jewish Art
    Art Kibbutz, Governors Island New York NY September

    Source

  • Plankton and the War Dead Sea Scroll – Fowler Collection

    Plankton and the War Dead Sea Scroll – Fowler Collection

    Plankton and the War Dead Sea Scrolls is a series of digital imagery that brings together two previously unseen and unknown elements in our world: one, the microscopic life in our waters that form the basis of all life, and the other, hidden texts that may have given rise to some of the important philosophical and spiritual thought of our contemporary culture.

    Source

  • Medievel Plankton and the Four Humors

    Medievel Plankton and the Four Humors

    Thanks to the Oxford Gallery of Rochester NY for inspiring this image.  Each year the gallery director, James Hall, comes up with a challenge for the gallery artists.  This year he challenged us to work with the theme of the Four Humors.

    Because the idea of the Four Humors stems from early medicine, I turned to a Medieval Hebrew Manuscript as a source of inspiration, mixing the motifs of the era with my own captures of plankton. Of particular interest was the way in the plankton became to take on the character of the medieval decorative faces – the same lifelike haunting spirituality of the Middle Ages.

    Exhibited:

    2014 E3 curated by Linda Griggs,
    Fountain Art Fair, New York, NY

    2013 Four Humors: Gallery Artists,
    Oxford Gallery Rochester NY

    Collection

    Private Collection, Miami Florida

    Source

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