BOLD Summary Page

About the sculptures: A note from the artist, Joseph Rossano

As an artist, I strive to distill ideas, concepts, and reality into their bare essence.  My resulting minimalist sculptures, I hope, convey an emotion, ask a question, or direct the viewer on a path of introspection and investigation, as they explore man's impact on the environment.
My series "BOLD" is named for the acronym for the Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) database. The subject of each specimen box is neither real nor is it an accurate representation of the creature it is designed to represent.  The subjects of these sculptures are a jeweled representation of reality that draw the viewer in for a closer inspection.  As the viewer shortens the distance between himself and the sculpture, the specimen becomes increasingly difficult to discern.  The viewer, now confronted with the frustration of being unable to make out exactly what is in the box, discovers the clear and legible text surrounding the specimen.
What is the text on the side of each piece?  The text is the 100% accurate representation of the specimen that attracted you.  The text is the FASTA file, a textual representation of the DNA barcode that identifies the unique species.
What is the story of this specimen?  What is a DNA barcode?  I'm not a scientist, my role in this interactive collaboration is to distill reality into a visual hook that leads you to the answers.  Welcome to BOLD.   Here, entomologist Dan Janzen and biologist Paul Hebert will lead you to the answers to these and many more of your questions.
Thank you for visiting the web site of these sculptures.  I hope your journey is inspiring and enlightening.

Joseph Rossano


 BOLD: The Art of DNA Barcoding
 BOLD: MOOREA - Introduction
 BOLD 1 - Zerene cesonia
 BOLD 2 - Belemnia trotschi
 BOLD 3 - Tithorea pinthias
 BOLD 4 - Azeta rhodogaster (with host plant Gliricidia sepium)
 BOLD 5 - Adelpha basiloides (with host plant Alibertia edulis)
 BOLD 6 - Siderone galanthis (with host plant Zuelania guidonia)
 BOLD 7 - Othorene veranaDHJ01 (with host plant Quercus oleoides)
 BOLD 8 - Aphrissa statira (with host plant Callichlamys latifolia)
 BOLD 9 - Bungalotis diophoru
 BOLD 10 - Memphis mora
 BOLD 11 - Morpho amathonte
 BOLD 12 - Mimoides clusoculis
 BOLD 14 - Erbessa salvini
 Tetralia ocucaerulea – Zorro crab
 Acanthaster planci - Crown-of-Thorns Seastar (adult)
 Guanacaste Series A - BOLD Caterpillars - Photography by Dr. Daniel Janzen
 Trapezia rufopunctata
 Trapezia flavopuncata
 Pocillopora woodjonesi
 Sebastapistes fowleri - Fowler's Scorpionfish
 Neocirrhites armatus - Flame Hawkfish
 Plectroglyphidon johnstonianus – Blue-eyed Damselfish
 Paragobiodon modestus and Paragobiodon lacunicolus
 Caracanthus unipinna - Pygmy Coral Croucher  and

 Caracanthis maculates - Spotted Coral Croucher
 BOLD 26 - Astraptes fulgerator
 BOLD 27: Morpho theseus
 BOLD 28: Prepona demodice
 BOLD 29: Pierella helvetia
 Bold 30: Porphyrogenes peterwegei BURNS01
 Whitewashed - Ursus maritimus
 Whitewashed - Thuja plicata
 BOLD: MOOREA Acknowledgements