First Imprints is a unique science/art collaboration between Oxford Printmakers and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History to coincide with a major new exhibition, First Animals and the Origin of Oceanic Ecosystems, opening 12 July.
Rare fossils, around 500 million years old, have been loaned from as far away as China
and Greenland. Many of these fossils are mere impressions on the rock surface of strange, soft-bodied creatures. The task of bringing these precious creatures to life visually has fallen to twenty five enthusiastic artists from Oxford Printmakers, led by earth scientist and printmaker Sally Levell.
The exhibition aims to give an artistic expression of the amazing story of how complex life developed from just single cells.