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Any algae pressing is necessarily an abstraction, a two-dimensional, fixed representation of what had been a vibrantly moving, three-dimensional original. What I most often want to do is help the viewer imagine that three-dimensional structure gracefully swaying in the waves.

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Often, viewers ask if these really are paintings or prints. They are not. They are the actual seaweeds, pressed and dried on archival paper.

Ultimately, I hope my pressings will inspire people to look closely at the beauty and diversity of life on our shores, and to protect that diversity.



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After a scientific career at the UCD Bodega Marine Laboratory, I now take a more artistic approach, pressing marine algae specimens to capture and share the diversity of colors, textures and architecture represented in the spectacular seaweeds of the Sonoma Coast.






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On other pieces it is the abstraction itself that I find most interesting, transforming the soft, moving algae into something akin to a monochrome print or painting, creating a dramatic pose or showing the exquisite symmetry of fine structure that can be overlooked in the mass of seaweed covering the intertidal rocks.

 

 

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