Marine biologist and printmaker Barb Snyder has an intriguing show on at the Dundarave Print Workshop now until November 17. "Look/see" is a collection of fantastical prints based on unique and, in some cases, endangered marine and wildlife. The prints were borne out of a series of interviews where participants were asked to describe an animal using six adjectives.
Snyder loosely interpreted the descriptors to create fictional specimens that invoke a sense of play, fantasy and even science fiction, thereby encouraging viewers to “look/see” for themselves.
Snyder wanted to compete with the distraction of popular culture as well as comment on environmental issues from habitat loss to poaching.
“I drew aspects of real creatures carefully (because creatures are marvelous!), and decided that interpreting the descriptors loosely and combining species (many endangered) shows playfulness and may encourage the viewer’s curiosity,” says Snyder.