"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 object and informs my print.
Like many forms in nature, mollusk shell structures are governed by the mathematics of the Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Mean, here referenced in diagrams. "Ptero" and its cousins, found in the engravings of old publications, show the beauty of both science and nature. My accompanying poem responds to that beauty in perspective .
|Title||Ptero Lives! from the portfolio Drawn from the McClung Museum|
|Role of Creator||Artist|
|Material||paper | Canson|
|Technique||relief | letterpress|
|Dimensions||H-15 W-19.875 inches|
|Credit line||Gift of the artist|