This sketchbook is a response to the theme 'underwater" and a continuation my previous sketchbook, "Prehistoric: Zooplankton", of the microscopic life in the sea, plankton. The creatures depicted are mostly zooplankton and diatoms. I have become fascinated with these animals and plants because they are often translucent to transparent and lice in a transparent environment as well.
The structure of the book was interesting challenge for me, as I wanted to create a single page composition that folds out like a map. Because the creatures float in water I chose to use yupo paper because it is translucent, so the work on either side of the page can be viewed as a whole by using a light source. Unfortunately this 15-panel sheet cannot be displayed adequately by the digital system that the SBP uses to record the books. So, to be thoroughly appreciated, Underwater Microcosmos is best experienced by viewing in person at the Brooklyn Art Library or while included in some of the many SBP tours. If you do get to see it I'd love to know your reaction, thanks.
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