Aloha my friends! As many know, my art residency in September was postponed due to an unfortunate emergency. However, I’m excited to share that my new assigned Artist-At-Sea residency will now depart on November 2nd. Yay!!
I will be on board the mighty R/V Falkor for a total 2,745 nautical miles south-southwest, across the equator as we transit to the Islands of Fiji… The crossroads of the South Pacific! This transit from Honolulu to Fiji Islands will be a total of 2 weeks at-sea where I will be taking part in ocean research and data collection, and making art along the way.
I’m once again preparing my art toolbox in preparation to set up my temporary art studio on this moving vessel. It will be an exciting opportunity to study the ocean, experiment techniques and to work with scientists to help develop a better understanding of urgent issues facing our oceans today.
The science will be guided by Chief Scientist Dr. Sam Wilson from University of Hawai’i who researches microbial biogeochemisty with a focus on trace gas cycling – which is way over my head – so don’t ask me too many questions around the science yet!
More about the program:
Schmidt Ocean Institute is a 501(c)(3) private non-profit operating foundation established to advance oceanographic research, discovery, and knowledge, and catalyze sharing of information about the oceans.
“Like scientists, artists conceptualize and put together ideas in new ways. We anticipate that the cross fertilization of disciplines through our Artist-at-Sea program will result in a broader awareness of the important research occurring on Falkor and a better understand of the complex ocean issues facing us today. We believe that by providing a platform where experts from different disciplines are brought together, cross-pollination of ideas will transform both the scientists’ and artists’ work.”
Mahalo Nui Loa!
Thanks for your support and all the messages, especially when I was feeling down after the postponed residency! I’m excited and humbled to share this new adventure at sea.