Artist in Residence Royal BC Museum… take 1

October 25, 2013 § 1 Comment

I’m very excited to be one of three artists participating in the first artist in residency program put on at the Royal BC Museum! Did you know that 90% of the museum’s collection is not currently on display? Part of my job over the coming year will be to explore the hidden collections, record my findings with sketches and illustrations, and share my discoveries with the public.
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Last week we were invited to explore the “wet collection,” which houses thousands of marine specimens in jars. Starfish, crab, shellfish, octopi, you name it, preserved for future study. We only had a couple hours but I could have spent the whole day in there (carefully) pulling out jars and drawing.
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I love the textures on the mushroom coral above. I also found the jars filled with multiple specimens really compelling. The layers and repetitive shapes of these starfish inspired the quick sketchbook animation below…

(Label) “CTENODISCUS CRISPATUS – Junction of Burke Channel and Fitz Hugh Sound | Feb 8, 1988 | No. of Spec: Many”AVD_starfishjarWEB

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