AFC Flag Expedition #10
In late September, 2009, Kelly Dodge travelled to the Galapagos as recipient of the AFC’s tenth Flag Expedition fellowship, to spend forty days studying, sketching and photographing the unique animals and plants of the Islands.
The purpose of her expedition was to study through sketching, notes, photography and collaboration with local scientific experts, the endemic and endangered flora and fauna of the Galapagos archipelago. During her expedition, Kelly successfully explored ten of the thirteen islands in the archipelago, ranging from open sea and rock islets to the six distinct vegetation zones – each supporting specific communities of plants and animals.
Her objectives included partnering with local NGOs to support the preservation, restoration and enhancement of the Galapagos ecosystem with a goal of creating a major body of artwork featuring the diversity of endangered species living on the islands. Through her artwork, she placed a strong emphasis on environmental education, while highlighting the conservation challenges each species faces. Her studies, while in the field, encompassed endemic and resident birds, mammals and reptiles of the eight zones of the Galapagos archipelago.
“My goal is to observe, learn about and document as many of the endemic and resident wildlife species as possible as they relate specifically to the habitat zones that support and sustain them, and as they relate to each other both physiologically and behaviorally. No species exists on its own. We all exist as members of intimately related communities. The Galapagos is a unique community of species sharing the same unique environment in a social relationship so intimate that symbiosis between species is commonly observed.”
At the time of writing, Kelly has already created a significant body of studio artwork inspired from her expedition, and is preparing for a major solo show focused entirely on the Galapagos. Both the expedition and her show were intended to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and 150th anniversary of the publishing of the “On the Origin of Species”. In the years ahead, Kelly will be sharing her personal experience with the world in the hope of demonstrating the need for preservation and conservation of this area.
Kelly Dodge's Exclusive AFC Galapagos Flag Expedition Journal
On November 20, 2010 - Kelly Dodge's Exclusive AFC Galapagos Flag Expedition Journal has been reproduced as a limited edition coffee table book and is now available for viewing and purchase. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information.