Isabella Kirkland. Back; from Taxa series, 2003.

Oil paint and alkyd on canvas.

“A visual artist and a research associate in aquatic biology at the California Academy of Sciences, Kirkland had already cultivated knowledge of and respect for the science of taxonomy when she began the series. “I had been working on individual, local endangered species,” she says.”

Upcoming exhibition at the Davis Museum, Wellesley College; Oct 19, 20011 to January 2012.

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