Bon Voyage! Take 2!


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 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.

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.

xo, Bailey

Life is what happens when you make other plans

artist-at-sea postponed
In an unfortunate turn of events, I suffered a dental emergency the day before departure for my Artist-at-Sea residency – a pretty severe cracked tooth. With the risk of infection and the possibility of lost time at sea, the Ship Captain made a very difficult decision to not allow me to participate in this cruise. Ahhh!! I am terribly disappointed, but I totally understand it was truly for my safety and also necessary for the most productive time at sea.

I did my best to enjoy the last morning on the ship. Sketching ideas, connecting with the scientists about coral research as it pertains to the Hawaii sunblock ban and learning about the technology from the ROV (remotely operated underwater vehicle) team. 

I was parted with some good news: The coordinators are working to pair me with another research cruise in the coming months. So, as disappointing as it was, I am happy to at least say it’s only postponed and hopefully my promised art adventure is in the not-too-distant future. The possibility of my future cruise is really exciting too! 

Thank you for your support and understanding, I will be excited to share the new expedition, once it is confirmed. 

with Love and Aloha, Bailey Ferguson
now it’s time to imua (Hawaiian: to move forward with strength)

Artist-at-Sea 2019 Residency


The Preface: An artists prepares for voyage to the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the North West Hawaiian Ridge.

I have been on the waitlist for the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Artist-At-Sea Residency since early 2019. This week I received news that I was invited on a mission leaving Hawai’i at the end of August. This will be a 3-week voyage to the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument which is the largest marine conservation area in the world. It consists of seamounts, atolls, islands and a lot of marine life.

The Artist-at-Sea opportunity caught my attention when a friend, who participated in a mission to the Antartica, posted that S.O.I. was accepting applications for 2019 artist-in-residence program. An art residency is an opportunity where I have the space, resources, inspiration and time to create art. In this case, I’m also a conduit for marine scientists to reach a broader audience and help convey their research. In turn, I get a deeper understanding of the issues facing our ocean today.

Over the past 5 years living in Hawai’i and learning how to surf, I’ve been more connected to the water and what’s underneath the surface. I’ve become highly sensitive and aware to how integral water has become in my life, and its become a major source of inspiration for my art in the past year. I have a deep gratitude for water, as it is a source of remedy for my mind, body and spirit. One of my interests has been activism for reef-safe sunscreen, so I am thrilled that the chief scientist on this cruise is a coral expert and I will have access to her and other marine scientists to gain further understanding of the coral ecosystems.

I, like many people, feel helpless when it comes to climate change and rising ocean temperatures, so when I applied for this residency I felt that if I could get a deeper understanding of the issues at hand, I could better communicate ocean activism through my art.

“Artists and scientists both have the ability to offer a deeper understanding of our Ocean. They are important storytellers that help people to see in new ways. Applying these talents to ocean science and conservation can create a new space for dialogue and understanding.”

– Schmidt Ocean Institute, Artist-At-Sea
R/V Falkor on 2016 Cruise in Hawai’i, MAPPING PAPAHANAUMOKUAKEA

My aim for this residency is to hone my voice as an artist and gain understanding in important marine issues for an audience of current and future ocean lovers. I look forward to experimenting with both abstract art and graphic design techniques while onboard, as well as using social media to share parts of my journey.

The mission I will be participating in is called the Genetic Connections at Necker Ridge. Learn more here: