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pteropodTHE PTEROPOD PROJECT: charismatic microfauna is an exhibition of 11 sculptures inspired by pteropods, microscopic mollusks near the bottom of the marine food web that are threatened by rising levels of ocean acidification.  Evocative of Arp, Miro and Kandinsky, Kavanagh’s pteropods are highly abstracted and enlarged some 400 times.  Collaborating with biological oceanographer, Dr. Gareth Lawson at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Kavanagh celebrates the beauty of these fragile microorganisms while raising consciousness about their potential demise.












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