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Did You Learn About the Depths From a Book?

Ink on page removed from a 1920 Biology Textbook
Leya Tess 2019

Digitization of Documents Discarded

Because of Digitization

Drawing interventions from a summer spent working at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, documenting, interviewing scientists, researchers, students, and community members.

During this time, the station library was going through digitization and consolidation of their collection.

I managed to salvage a box of century-old scientific plates and maps from their discard pile.


COVID has brought attention to the mutable nature of data interpretation.


I don't believe that ecological systems are static, singular or western specific.

They are ever-changing like the rest of the living, breathing world.

These drawings are about this mutability.

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Is this Epithelial?

Ink on 1900 Invertebrate Morphilogical Illustration

Leya Tess 2020


What About the Space Inbetween? 

Ink & Graphite on 1903 Echinoderm Morphology Lithograph by Julius Bien
Leya Tess 2019


Making a Muddle of the Multispecies?

Ink on page removed fro a 1920 Biology Textbook
Leya Tess 2019


Where did the water go?

Vicuna & Dracup, The Evolution of Climate Impact Studies on Hydrology and Water Resources in California


Ink on 1900 Map of San Francisco Bay and Tributary Streams

Leya Tess, 2020

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