Lewiston-Auburn College Atrium Art Gallery

Secrets of the Sea

Little Skate

September 18 - November 22, 2014

The Atrium Art Gallery at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn Campus presents Secrets of the Sea, a multi-media exhibition of work inspired by marine plants and animals. The exhibit includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and work in glass, metal, stone, wood, fiber, and video by 23 artists. 

Works in the exhibit were inspired by marine plants such as kelp and bladderwrack, invertebrate species including sea urchins, barnacles, mollusks, sea slugs, octopus, horseshoe crabs, and vertebrates such as fish and whales. 

The exhibition features poetry from 12 writers in a chapbook titled Poems For Tube-Snouts and Other Secrets of the Sea.

Secrets of the Sea was supported by Bangor Savings Bank,  opened Thursday, September 18 2014, with a reception.  The reception featured gourmet delicacies of the sea including several made with seaweed from Ocean Approved, a kelp farm off Casco Bay.

Exhibit Information

Highlights of the exhibit include Angler Fish, by the late Nathan Nicholls of Waldoboro, Maine.  The 6 ft. long by 52” high interpretation of an angler fish is welded with scrap metal including garden forks, rake tines, propane tank, bicycle seat, and pick heads.  His Sea Horse is made with a snowmobile muffler, horse shoes, and other recognizable scrap metal items. 

The exhibit includes several photographs by Adam P. Summer, biologist at the Comparative Vertebrate Biomechanics Lab at the University of Washington, accompanied by poems by Sierra Nelson. Dr. Summers uses marine specimens collected from fishing operations as the medium in an artistic project revealing the anatomical structure of sea creatures. The stained skeletal tissues are visible through the skin and flesh, exposing the biological innards as vibrantly colored matter.  The photographs are not only mesmerizing on an aesthetic scale, but also give a rare glimpse of the underlying structure of the animal, visualizing their vertebrates, skeletons, and soft tissues.

The exhibition features poetry from 14 writers in a chapbook titled Poems For Tube-Snouts and Other Secrets of the Sea. The exhibit also includes a 1½ minute stop-motion video by the artist PES.  In 2013, the artist was nominated for an Academy Award for his brilliant, but brief, stop-action animated videos.

Works in the exhibit were inspired by marine plants such as bladderwrack, invertebrate species including sea urchins, barnacles, mollusks, sea slugs, octopus, horseshoe crabs, and vertebrates such as fish, seals, and whales.  

Artists in the Exhibition
Anne Alexander
Chris Augusta
Thomas Berger
Holly Berry
Kate Cheney Chappell
Nicole Duennebier
Karen Gola
Rebecca Goodale
Sayuri Sasaki Hemann
Jamie Hogan
Ann Jenkins
Wendy Newcomb
Nathan Nicholls
Mary O’Malley
PES
Barbara Putnam
Richard Remsen
R. Keith Rendall
Adam P. Summers
Adelaide Tyrol
Jacques Vesery
Melanie West
Brian White