Josie Iselin (The Curious World of Seaweed) at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

Thursday Jan 30 2020   7:00 PM
Aquarium of the Pacific  100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA  map

Josie Iselin will be featured as a guest speaker at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach to discuss her fascinating book, The Curious World of Seaweed.

Marine algae like seaweed and kelp help oxygenate the ocean, create habitat for other organisms, and from the base of a critical food web for life on Earth. In her new book The Curious World of Seaweed, artist Josie Iselin combines essays and imagery to explore seaweed and kelp from the Pacific coast. She will discuss how her interest in art and science brought her to study seaweed and introduce a few women scientists who were crucial in broadening our understanding of the oceans. She will also share her imagery of seaweeds collected from California’s coastline and beaches. Iselin uses a flatbed scanner and computer for generating imagery and exhibits large-scale fine art prints at select galleries and museums.

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Josie IselinJosie Iselin is author of eight books that focus on those forms in nature we find at hand—in particular, at the beach. She holds a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and an MFA from San Francisco State University. For over twenty years Josie has used her flatbed scanner and computer to generate imagery. She is still captivated by the fluidity with which this technique allows her to render and design with three-dimensional objects. Her writing and art focused on seaweeds, kelp, and sea otter put her on the forefront of ocean activism, collaborating with scientists and groups working to preserve the kelp forests of our Pacific Coast. As a fine artist, Josie exhibits large-scale prints at select galleries and museums, and she has designed a line of luxury scarves and shower curtains. She hopes that celebrating the ordinary wonders we find at the beach will bring thoughtfulness and stewardship to this extraordinary place of discovery. Visit her website at Photo credit: Anne Hamersky