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In Dark Seas: Swimming with Sea Butterflies
On view through October 2021
Bermuda National Gallery
Hamilton, Bermuda

As scientists work to answer progressively more complex questions about the earth and its changing climate, they are becoming more aware of the importance of communicating their findings to the public. To ensure that their messages are heard, understood and made accessible, they are increasingly turning to art.

Between 2017 and 2019 the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) worked with artists Lesli Bell and Samm Newton — each with a different background and preferred artistic medium — as part of on-ongoing research projects into pteropods (a type of ocean-dwelling snail) and copepods (tiny aquatic crustaceans) led by scientists Dr. Amy Maas and Dr. Leocadia Blanco-Bercial.

[Image: Lesli Bell (Australian, b. 1958), Oncaea sp. 1, 2019. Watercolour on paper. Courtesy of the Artist]