Cactus Gallery LA
PLANKTON BLOOM by artist Michele Guieu
Wood, 18” x 18"
They are lasercut on painted wood boards, from vector files Michele created from drawings she has made from photo documentation of plankton. Each is unique because she uses different files from different species and organizes them in a special way each time.
Plankton Bloom represents an ensemble of plankton species: phytoplankton (plants) and zooplankton (animals).
Plankton is a key element in marine ecosystems and is an important provider of precious oxygen for the planet. These little organisms, on top of being vital, are also amazingly beautiful. The invisible world of plankton — its organisms are, for the most part, microscopic — represents food for a very large number of marine species. And phytoplankton - coccolithophores in particular, contributes up to 50% of the world’s oxygen to the atmosphere. As humans, we are largely unaware of the world of plankton and the critical foundation it serves for our present and future. Plankton needs our attention: climate change is disrupting these foundational organisms, endangering the marine food web and beyond.
Bio: Michele Guieu is a French-American environmental artist/maker/art educator based in the Bay Area. Her practice focuses on the importance of water, and the consequences of human activity on our watershed and the ocean. She earned her MA in Visual Communication at École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris, France. Her work has been exhibited at Tech Shop San Jose, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, de Saisset Museum of Art and History, Currents New Media, ZER01 Biennial, San Diego Museum of Art, California Center for the Arts, Oceanside Museum of Art, Rosalux Gallery, Art Produce Gallery, San Diego Art Institute, and Mac Paris. She serves on the education committee at Montalvo Arts Center.