Art Juror Statement: Diana Moore

“How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.”   –Arthur C. Clarke

With every grain of sand, sod, and soil spoken for on the shore, the artists in this exhibit are deeply connected to the mystery and great unmined truths of the last thing no one can claim: the sea. Sadly, living in a time of rising pollution, the previously imperceptible becomes prominent and threatening as even the smallest changes can have a rippling effect on ocean health. Each artist blends science and art to elevate the ocean from a respite of sublime contemplation to a bellwether of environmental instability.

Many of the works are linked by processes of discovery and data-driven creativity. Marta Beltramo, a biochemist, allows streams of color and textures to collide into unique patterns, drawing on the development of earth’s topography over centuries. Based on marine research, Mary Ann Biehl isolates and names the iconic whale fluke to emphasize the individual dependence of these literary legends on an evolving seascape. Images deeply rooted in the sincerity of science unify this exhibition where art is a vessel for vital truths.

Just as the role of a scientist is to translate data into information, several of the artists translate scientific data into visual and tactile calls-to-action. Carrie Bodle transforms spatialized sound derived from oceanographic data into immersive installations that “create a tangible experience of data through art”, while Hunter Cole uses bioluminescent fish gut bacteria to emphasize the ocean’s complex network of nutrients. And, the work of artists like Susan Hoenig and Colleen Flanigan evokes the fragility of our interconnected underwater worlds where one droplet can trigger a cascading crisis if we, as a society, do not change tack.

Juror’s Abbreviated Bioclick here