Melissa Fleming - Artist Exploring the Natural World
  American Glaciers
  Sea Change
  The Space In Between
  Wax Flora
  Sand Waves
  Orchid Haze
  New York City

Under Glass

Under Glass is a series of sculptural assemblages that highlight the many layers of complexity and almost continuous state of change present in the natural world. Attracted to these transient processes, our perceptions of them, and the ideas of 19th-century citizen science, I collected natural objects and placed them under Victorian-style glass domes. Under glass, the objects are singled out for close examination and highlight the act of intense seeing which is common to the practice of both art and science.  Each seemingly simple object coupled with an engraved label on its glass dome seeks to explore the duality of perception and reality.