“Hello, my name is Nicolás Smith-Sánchez. I am a Spanish marine biologist currently doing my PhD at GEOMAR, researching the potential ecosystem and food web structure changes that could be induced by Ocean Alkalinization, a nature-based Negative Emissions Technology (NET). I also worked for project CUSCO in Perú.
As you might find out if you go through my gallery and read the stories behind each illustration, my studies and work often pour into my art in one way or another. Research gave me the tools to understand a world that fascinated me since I was a child. Back then, kneeling down by the tide pools and overturning rocks, I felt a rush of excitement, of anticipation, for what I might discover. Today I find that this natural passion materializes itself in my drawings.
As I curated the exhibition, I realized each piece provides a small window into different times from the last three years of my life, beginning when I first arrived in Kiel to study my masters in biological oceanography at GEOMAR. In order to give the viewer a thread to follow, I organized the pieces according to the geographical region in which the course or project that inspired them took place: South America, Asia and Europe. I hope you enjoy it.”