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Bodies of Water Exhibit

November 26, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - February 8, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

| Free

Art and Science Collide to Explore the Unseen World of Plankton

Ceramic artist Jenni Ward and ocean scientist Ari Friedlaender collaborated with curator Tauna Coulson to create Bodies of Water. This gallery exhibition aims to highlight the unseen world of plankton, share its ecological importance, and show how we are all connected.

The exhibit includes ceramic objects and installations created by Ward as well as a learning lab where visitors can look into a microscope to view images of a variety of plankton, follow a whale’s perspective as it feeds in the southern ocean, and learn more about the importance of plankton to our changing climate. Ward’s forms are based on intricate planktonic skeletal structures that are too small to be seen with the naked eye, and by blooms of phytoplankton that are so large, they can be seen from space. Translating these images of life below the ocean’s surface into abstracted ceramic works that are reminiscent of jellyfish, urchins, and other varieties of plankton forces the once mysterious world of plankton to be perceived.

About the exhibit

We are bodies of water, we are connected to and dependent on the ocean from the very beginning of life on planet earth to our current day. With all the creatures that inhabit the oceans, we are easily awestruck by the sighting of a whale sliding across the surface to breathe before sinking to mysterious depths with one tail flip. It is equally easy to forget what it takes to sustain such large creatures and what they in turn give back to their own ecosystems to maintain a cycle in balance. Planktons are defined as marine drifters and while extremely tiny compared to whales, they make up 90% of the mass of all marine life in the ocean. They are vital to sustaining all life on our planet, they signal changes in our climate, and yet these microscopic creatures are often overlooked and rarely strike us with awe.

The exhibit will be on display from September 20 – December 3, 2022, the gallery is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 12-5 pm and Thursday from 1:30-7 pm. A portion of all purchases will be donated to the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery and California Ocean Alliance.


Saturday, November 26 @ 12:00 pm
February 8, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
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Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery
11 Cowell Service Rd
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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