Donald & Era Farnsworth
Actinomma Antartica, 2014
18 x 23.5 in. (paper size)

Actinomma Antartica is part of Donald and Era Farnsworth’s Glass Houses series depicting diatoms, a class of tiny, single-cell organisms found in nearly every body of water on Earth that build delicate shells for themselves out of silica. Diatoms are major sources of oxygen in our atmosphere and are estimated to be responsible for 25% of the carbon fixation (conversion of carbon dioxide to organic compounds) in the ocean. By enlarging these microscopic life forms and bringing them to the surface of their work, the Farnsworths invite us to consider both the beauty and the ecological importance of these otherwise invisible creatures.

Actinomma Antartica is a shadowmark (light and shade watermark) produced at Magnolia Editions using laser-vaporized rag paper and an aqueous stain reduction.