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Katherine McLeod. Gouache, pencil on paper. 12 x 16". From the series Fish Drawn From Descriptions Made Over the Telephone: “For this series, I asked people world-wide to telephone me when they were in front of a marine animal, and describe what they saw. Else Bostelmann, working in 1936, was one of the first people to draw creatures from the deep sea. While scientist William Beebe was a half-mile beneath the ocean in his Bathysphere, Bostelmann was on the ocean surface listening to him via a tentative telephone connection. Beebe would describe never-before seen creatures over the phone and she would paint them. The results are enigmatic and beautiful. This project formed in an attempt to regain this sense of discovery in animal illustration.”