Examining subject matter.
I have chosen to base my work around algae, specifically underwater algae; the effects as it covers rocks and sea floor and encroaches on man-made garbage and waste in our oceans, assimilating and transforming them into unrecognisable eerie shapes.
My source inspiration comes from the following places:
- The work of Ed Pien and his dimensional walk-through art works depicting underwater life. The ‘reveal and conceal’ nature of what is exposed and what is hidden within.
- The rubbish collection of John Dahlsen and the assimilation of them into his art practice.
- The many, many photos I have taken of rock pools, algae covered surfaces as the tide recedes and other marine plant life – not forgetting the empty drink cans and bottles.
- The colours within an algae / rock / underwater scenario. They appeal to me enormously, hence the reason I explored natural dyeing further as these earthy colours fit within this range.
- A long-standing fascination with ground cover, terrain and the ocean floor demonstrated by pieces I have created in the past (not all within my OCA time but proving this is a long-held interest of mine).
- Recent newspaper and magazine articles highlighting the effects discarded man-made wastage is having upon our environment.
Below: A few of my own pieces, made over the years, relating to ground cover and the ocean. Whilst they are not part of this course they show my continuing interest in the world around me.