The Changing nature of the sea as it flows between oceans is the inspiration for Fluidity, a 3D representation of coral, kelp and deep sea ecosystems within a glass container.
The idea came to me when I saw this vase for sale in TK Maxx and realized that undulations in the surface of the glass would give the impression of waves.
I began the collage by building up the rocky background using prints of my hand painted textures, then added images of actual plants and marine creatures sourced from the internet. Layers of blue printed semi-transparent acetate helped to create the watery effect.
The theme is partly autobiographical and relates to a visit I made to an island off the coast of Belize during a backpacking trip around the World. Swimming with a mask and snorkel I was able to explore reefs teeming with colourful fish and an astonishing variety of corals and sea plants.
Making 'Fluidity' has been a time consuming project which has taken months to complete. Through it I hope to communicate something of the wonder I felt at being immersed in this strange and wonderful undersea environment which is sadly now under threat.
I will be exhibiting 'Fluidity' in my next exhibition.