We live surrounded by water. How does this affect individuals and communities in our islands, on other islands, or even the world at large? How does water inspire us?
Surrounded by Water is an international exhibition juried by Stacie Robinson, a Research Ecologist with NOAA’s Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program. This year’s exhibition will first be on view at Downtown Art Center in Honolulu. Award-winning artworks, as well as those created on Hawaiʻi Island, will travel from Honolulu to Waimea for Kahilu’s exhibition.
The exhibition will open with a pubic reception on Thursday, August 24 from 5:00pm - 6:30pm and will remain on display through October 30, 202
Juror Stacie Robinson
Stacie Robinson is a Research Ecologist with NOAA’s Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program focusing on wildlife ecology, disease, foraging, and genetics. She is also a ceramicist.
I dwell in a unique space at the intersection of art and science. A love of nature and the marine environment is the core that unites these seemingly disparate foci. In my professional life I work for NOAA in an effort to conserve endangered marine species. My work in marine conservation has taken me throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago where I have been able to see both the beauty and human impacts on the ocean and island environments. As an artist, I translate this appreciation for unique Hawaiian marine life into ceramic art. I am greatly inspired by a sense of place and connection with nature. Living on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu, I find endless opportunities for inspiration from the lush tropical landscapes, vibrant seascapes full of odd marine creatures, and the east-meets-west culture in the islands. I use my art as a way to draw in the eye and open the mind to the wonders of and threats to the natural world.
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