"Ptero Lives!," 2014, from the portfolio "Drawn from the McClung Museum," relief and letterpress by John Risseeuw. Edition: 1/30.
Designed in response to McClung Museum object: State Fossil of Tennessee, Clam, Pterotrigonia thoracica (142-65 million years old), Coon Creek Formation, McNairy County, TN.
Artist statement: Present on the ocean floor that was West Tennessee 70 million years ago, Pterotrigonia thoracica presents us with marvelous physical evidence of the fabulous development and evolution of our planet. By recognizing this ancient object as State Fossil, Tennessee confirms the science that continues to unearth our past. It is the beauty of this science that drew me to the o