Developed over a five year period, these works speak to the interdependence of systems, and the fragility of the balance between them.
I was privileged to spend a month in residency at Golden Paints in New York in 2016. In collaboration with Golden’s technicians, the unique process employed in these pieces was developed. By overlaying multiple layers of polymer an effect similar to three dimensional lenticular imagery is formed.
These views of the Great Barrier Reef are abstracted ones. The various reef systems are mirrored on the liquid/gas interface, and the domed sky is visible above. They capture various surface conditions, reef systems and depths. The locations are in the southern reaches of the Great Barrier Reef, where bleaching and climate effects are still relatively mild.
The latitude and longitude coordinates that form the titles of these paintings mark my exact position when taking the reference material for each piece.
The rope depicted in this series is triple strand polypropylene construction. It is knotted at one metre intervals, and references the nautical convention of using a knotted line (log-line) to determine speed. This was tied to a ‘log’ dropped over a ship's stern.
It also refers to the expression 'rate of knots', used to describe something going fast. These works stand as a call to action. The time to act to protect this massive and vulnerable ecosystem is now, and the daily choices we all make impact it.
It is under the stewardship of all of us.
Lagoon, lady Mulgrave Island
Following are a number of paintings from the exhibition to launch the beginning this series. These works are from Lady Elliot Island at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. Slumped glass and cold-cast bronze pieces are also available. A full catalogue is available on request.