Objects hold meaning for most people, a certain amount of nostalgia for things experienced or imagined. The object itself is rarely the source of significance, but rather the memory, feeling, or connection associated with the material thing. With a strong focus on the tiny, unnoticed things that litter our desks, our pockets and the forest floor, my drawings explore both the meaningful and meaningless nature of everyday and natural objects, as well as their places of origin. Bio: Iris is an illustrator, layman scientist, tattoo artist, and watermelon enthusiast from Durham, currently living in Oakland, California. She grew up collecting dead and living things and has continued to do so, documenting and researching them along the way. She has collected 3,614 sharks teeth from Topsail Beach. When not collecting teeth, Iris works with museums, publications, groups, and individuals as a freelance illustrator and graphic recorder. She is the on-hand illustrator for the Exploratorium as well as the Oakland Museum, and was recently featured in Smithsonian Magazine. In 2016, she is planning on taking a travel trailer across the country to document and map tiny towns and hidden places.