HOOK THE DEEP: THE HADAL ZONE IN FIBER by Michelle Schwengel-Regala
October 26 – November 20, 2015
free and open to the public
Thursday, November 12 / ART Building, Room 101
6-7:30 pm, Residing between Art and Science: Michelle Schwengel-Regala, Mackenzie Gerringer, and the Hadal Zone
Art Building, Room 101
Public talk by artist in residence Michelle Schwengel-Regala, who will discuss her work in fiber, and marine biology graduate student Mackenzie Gerringer, who will shed some light on life in deep ocean trenches, the subject of Michelle’s current installation.
While serving as an artist in residence at the UH-Mānoa Department of Art + Art History, Michelle Schwengel-Regala has been creating fiber sculptures inspired by hadal zone research in the Department of Oceanography. Her degree in biology and work as a science illustrator led to the development of this project, a counterpoint to the “Hook the Reef” community art project she coordinated in 2011.
This installation presents a glimpse of life in the hadal zone, the deepest oceanic trenches on earth (from 6,500 to 11,000 meters below the water’s surface). The viewer will encounter a dark habitat with waves, sounds, and numerous species of marine fauna. Suspended in the water column, these creatures are sculpted in wool at actual size and in their accurate colors. Visitors are invited to help the artist unravel one knitted wave and crochet it into water droplets.
Gallery Hours / M-F 9 am – 4 pm; Sun. 12 – 4 pm; Sat. by appointment. Closed Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
Admission to exhibition is free. Parking fees may apply.
Contact Michelle / HooktheReef@gmail.com