In her recent book “An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed,” artist and avid beachcomber Josie Iselin reveals the unexpected beauty of seaweed, an often overlooked but fundamental aspect of ocean life that has great value for human health and well-being. Produced on a flatbed scanner, Iselin’s vibrant portraits of ocean flora reveal the exquisite color and extraordinary forms of more than 200 specimens gathered from tidal pools along the California and Maine coasts, bringing the traditional pressed seaweed specimen into a contemporary format. Her engaging text takes the reader into the world of seaweed, observing its habits and describing its natural history.
Iselin – a photographer, writer, and book designer with six previous books to her credit – will discuss using art and design to enhance an appreciation and understanding of science and the environment. Sponsored by RWU Division of Marine and Natural Sciences, with support from R.I. Science & Technology Advisory Council and the National Science Foundation.