Urchin Art

Oakland artist Tiffany Bozic was a fine choice for the California Academy of Sciences' first-ever artist in residence. Known for her beguiling, detailed portraits of the animal kingdom, her work echoes John James Audubon and Ernst Haeckel and leans heavily on fantastical juxtapositions. She's spent the past year poking around the collection, and tonight she unveils her exhibit, "From the Depths: Inspiring Science and Art." As you can imagine, things get a little weird down there. In Battle of the Deep, slithery and spiny invertebrates and echinoderms tangle in otherworldly inky depths. In another piece, a squid-eating-squid circle recalls the self-devouring Ouroboros. The exhibit includes not only paintings but also preserved specimens from the academy's invertebrate collection, as well as live aquatic organisms, courtesy of the Steinhart Aquarium, housed in "artfully designed tanks," courtesy of Bozic.
Nov. 15-Jan. 6, 2007

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