PLANKTON: Our Invisible Foundation, a participatory installation

Plankton: Our Invisible foundation is a participative black light installation. The public is invited to add elements to a reflective mural representing an ensemble of enlarged plankton organisms.  The black light makes the reflective elements seem to float in the space.

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, 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. It never surfaces in our thoughts and conversations.  Yet plankton needs our attention: climate change is disrupting these foundational organisms, endangering the marine food web and beyond.

“Plankton: our invisible foundation” brings to visibility and into our conversation these tiny, but critical creatures to help visitors realize more about how much we need them.

MAH Glow Digital Night
October 16, 2015, Santa Cruz, California.

Plankton: Our Invisible Foundation, an installation at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz (MAH)


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“Plankton: our invisible foundation” is a black light participative installation where the public is invited to add elements to a reflective mural representing an ensemble of enlarged plankton organisms. The black light makes the reflective elements seem to float in … Continue reading

45 mn in the Wetlands in Sunnyvale

45mn in the Wetlands in Sunnyvale

Statement for the piece
This piece is made of all the trash collected in the wetlands in Sunnyvale a few weeks ago. My collect was possible with the help of Jackie Davison, who works at the Environmental Services Department in Sunnyvale. I met with Jackie at school; she was giving a much needed presentation about the watershed in my children’s class. Our paths crossed many times since then.

The bay is stunningly beautiful but if one looks closer, some places are littered with lots of trash, most of it being plastic, which is a real problem because it does not biodegrade. Plastic is not recognized by the organisms that normally break organic matter down.

I moved to the bay area 5 years ago and since then I developed different works about water (videos, collages, drawings). I created participative installations about the ocean, and I mostly use materials that can be reused or recycled. Living in Sunnyvale, close to the bay, I am very interested in knowing this fragile eco-system. I took my family – and my students – on a tour of the water pollution plant to learn about how the water we use in homes, stores and businesses, is treated before going to the bay. I volunteer for annual coastal clean-ups of the bay.

I work with Montalvo Arts Center on arts integration programs for which I develop projects about water. This Spring I am teaching in Campbell “the Water Project” to classes of 2nd graders. The project proposes different art exercises about the watershed, the drought, the water cycle, our water consumption, the pollution of the oceans by the plastic.

Waterwheel e-book launch + World Water Day 2015


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(Sip. Do Not Gulp. is page 391 – scroll down after opening the link) Sip. Do Not Gulp, is part of the Waterwheel World Water Day Symposium 2014 e-book ‘Water Views: Caring and Daring’, which is launched for World Water Day … Continue reading

Species Encounter: Dive In! at GLOW a festival of Light, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History


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GLOW festival – Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Friday, October 17, 2014 From 7:00 to 10pm 705 Front Street | Santa Cruz | CA 95060 The MAH website page [portfolio_slideshow size=large] Species Encounter: Dive In! is an interactive … Continue reading