CMBC Brown Bag
Speaker: Lily Simonson
Lily Simonson's large scale paintings of magnified deep sea invertebrates and other newly-discovered marine organisms invite viewers into remote worlds, and aim to reveal new research to a broad variety of audiences.
Simonson will discuss the parallels of art and science as areas of exploration and revelation, and how her oceanography-inspired work aims to highlight this affinity.
She frequently collaborates with researchers at Scripps, using specimens from the Scripps collection as models for her mural-sized paintings and her presentation will feature images of the resulting work.
She will also preview pictures of her newest series based on paintings she made as an embedded artist on the San Diego Coastal Expedition and on a 2012 NSF geosciences expedition to the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica.
Simonson's paintings and drawings have been exhibited across the US and Europe and her art has appeared in a range of media outlets, including the LA Times, LA Weekly, MTV, the Huffington Post, CBS News, and MSNBC. She has delivered lectures and shown her paintings at scientific symposia including the 2013 Schmidt Ocean Institute Research Symposium, the Census of Marine Life Summit at the Royal Society of London, and the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity in Aberdeen.