Hold Fast is a powerful and immersive art exhibit that invites us to explore the impact of climate change on our local kelp forest through the lens of local artists and scientists. It challenges our ideas of what climate work can include by bridging the worlds of art and science, and offers the opportunity to explore how our talents can be harnessed as we work together to protect our ocean. Hold Fast will run through Labor Day 2024
Featured Artists and Scientists
Oriana Poindexter is an artist and marine scientist who is documenting the changes in La Jolla’s local kelp forests through photo-based artwork. In Hold Fast, her life-sized cyanotype prints on fabric create a stunning kelp forest for guests to explore without getting wet.
Dwight Hwang is a classic Japanese gyotaku artist who aims to tell stories through his animal and fish prints. In Hold Fast, his prints will focus on local kelp forest animals found off La Jolla shores, allowing guests to get an even closer view of these fascinating species.
Mohammad Sedarat is a PhD Student at the Smith Lab at Scripps Oceanography whose research explores the impact of climate change on La Jolla’s kelp forest. In Hold Fast, his work demonstrates why critical giant kelp ecosystems have not returned since recent marine heatwaves and explores what we can do to bring them back through genetic banking and propagation.