This work by Ian van Coller belongs to the ongoing series The Naturalists of the Long Now. The artist collaborates with scientists to create unique works. In this piece van Coller collaborated with Jenny McCarty, Masters student in Entomology at Montana State University.
McCarty is studying the change in populations of Mayflies and Caddis flies due to climate change. She has established research collection sites all along the Gallatin River where larvae and adult specimens are collected. As the river is warming due to climate change, certain species populations are shifting upriver to where the water remains cooler. This image by van Coller depicts one of the sites McCarty has studied; it was annotated by her, and also includes "specimen windows" with images van Coller made in McCarty's lab. Together, artist and scientist trace the shifts in the smallest of species that signify greater global change.
While it is easy as humans to generally regard insects as unwanted pests, this piece reminds us that “Aquatic insects are critical for: Driving stream systems,” and play a critical role in the health of the ecosystem, as they are a “food resource for fish, birds, raccoons, invertebrates, bears; drive flows of energy and nutrients; and cycle material.”
Mayflies and Caddisflies on the Gallatin River, 2018
by Ian van Coller and Jenny McCarty
unique 30x40 pigment print with graphite
$6,500 mounted & framed behind UV Plexi
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