In Dark Seas

Swimming with Sea Butterflies


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 Leocadio Blanco-Bercial.

Recognizing that art and science are two parts of the same human drive to know and to understand, this exhibition presents the artworks produced for the project and reminds us how art can be used to more deeply appreciate our place on this planet and the processes that connect each of us to it.

The exhibition is produced by Bermuda National Gallery in collaboration with the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS).

July – October 2021

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