(Animal Habitats series)
19″ x 24″ ink on paper. 2009.
My Anima series explores the shape and form of nature in the Pacific Northwest. Here the seastar are re-imagined as the tidepools ecosystem of plants & animals in which they (used to) live. Seastars were once plentiful in tidepools all along the west coast, but the seastar wasting disease – apparently triggered by rising sea temperatures – took it’s toll on the population in the past several years. Diving friends tell me the seastar populations are recovering, but they have abandoned the tidepools in favor of living further down in the water column where the water temperature is still to their liking.