Artist at Sea 2018
Costa Rica

costa rica series I, 18x18", acrylic on canvascosta rica series I, 18x18", acrylic on canvas

costa rica series I, 18x18", acrylic on canvas

costa rica series II, 18x18", acrylic on canvascosta rica series II, 18x18", acrylic on canvas

costa rica series II, 18x18", acrylic on canvas

costa rica series III, 18x18", acrylic on canvascosta rica series III, 18x18", acrylic on canvas

costa rica series III, 18x18", acrylic on canvas

costa rica series IV, 18x18", acrylic on canvascosta rica series IV, 18x18", acrylic on canvas

costa rica series IV, 18x18", acrylic on canvas

costa rica series V, 18x18", acrylic on canvascosta rica series V, 18x18", acrylic on canvas

costa rica series V, 18x18", acrylic on canvas

costa rica series VI, 18x18", acrylic on canvascosta rica series VI, 18x18", acrylic on canvas

costa rica series VI, 18x18", acrylic on canvas

Funded by the National Science Foundation, in October 2018 Rutstein sailed on the R/V Atlantis with a science team led by biologist and ecologist Erik Cordes of Temple University, to explore methane seeps and the surrounding ecosystems that exist off the coast of Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Rutstein completed her first descent in the submersible Alvin on this expedition. Collaborating with scientists, she set up her studio in the science lab of the ship, creating work that reflected her experiences and working with data being collected on board. The work shown here was all created on the ship while at sea.