Josie Iselin celebrates the unexpected beauty of seaweed, an often overlooked but fundamental aspect of ocean life. Produced on a flatbed scanner, Iselin's vibrant portraits of ocean flora reveal the exquisite colour and extraordinary forms of more than two hundred specimens gathered from tidal pools along the California and Maine coasts. Her engaging text, which accompanies the images, blends personal observation and philosophical musings with scientific fact. Like her previous books, An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed is a poetic and compelling tribute to the natural world and the wonder it evokes.
Josie Iselin is the author of Abrams's Sea Glass Hearts, Beach Stones, Seashells, and Heart Stones, as well as Beach: A Book of Treasure. An artist who uses the flatbed scanner to create sculptural two-dimensional designs with three-dimensional objects, Iselin is especially drawn to the ocean shore.
"Beguiling [...] Ms. Iselin's images made using a flatbed scanner are a reminder that the natural world and that of abstract art aren't that far apart."
– The New York Times
"Visually captivating [...] a visual delight."
– ForeWord Reviews