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Alicia Leeke
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

Artists Statement: When I was a child I wanted a terrarium, a rock tumbling kit and a microscope. I got the terrarium in a cereal box and a geologist friend gave me a rock tumbler, but I never got the microscope. I don’t know that I will ever own a microscope, but my vision for combining art and science in an exhibit has been a long standing passion of mine.
Now, thanks to the University of South Carolina’s Department of Biological Sciences and Marine Sciences Program and Tammi L. Richardson, PhD, I am pleased to present a traveling art exhibition entitled “Under the Microscope.” This body of work is based on phytoplankton samples I collected and then used as reference to create an educational body of artistic work based on my scientific research from South Carolina’s water bodies.

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