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"The edge of the sea is a strange and beautiful place." With these words, Rachel Carson led a generation to The Edge of the Sea in her book that explore the marine life of costal waters. Beyond the edge of the Sea - therein lies the realm that covers most of our planet and yet is rarely considered from one day to the next." side
Dr. Cindy Lee Van Dover
Duke University

In the darkest reaches of the Earth’s oceans live a multitude of strange and wondrous creatures. Artist Karen Jacobsen has captured the essence of these creatures in watercolor illustrations and vivid landscape paintings. Her work is featured for the first time ever in Beyond the Edge of the Sea, which represents the culmination of a collaboration between artist and deep-sea scientist and explorer, Dr. Cindy Lee Van Dover.

Jacobsen's images capture the poise and motion of deep-sea animals with an accuracy and beauty that is reminiscent of the drawings and paintings of John Audubon. Audubon explored and documented animals of the American wilderness; Jacobsen explores and documents the species of the deep-ocean wilderness. With Jacobsen's work, we have the opportunity to glimpse into another world, one that few of us will see ourselves.

Beyond the Edge of the Sea..recently exhibited at the Ebling Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from September 28, 2011-January 31, 2012.Beyond the Edge was brought to UW in conjunction with UW-Madison's Geology Museum, with funding provided by the NASA Astrobiology Institute. A reception featuring Dr. Cindy Lee Van Dover and Karen Jacobsen will be held Friday, November 11, 2010 from 3:00-6:00 in the Ebling's 3rd floor galleries. For information contact: Micaela at

For more information please contact, the Muscarelle Museum of Art staff at or 757.221.2700.

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