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Aquatic and Beyond

As a child I loved exploring coastal rock pools, trailing lazy fingers from rowing boats and taking in the varied life floating on or near the surface of the water. I was always drawn to the three dimensional, poetic beauty of jellyfish, from wispy, dream-like miniature creatures to invasive 200 kilo monsters. There’s something terribly familiar, yet totally mysterious and alien about jellyfish. I feel both attracted to and wary of them. Today, large outbreaks of giant jellyfish lurk in the ocean. Are they caused by over fertilizing, over fishing and climate change? I am attempting to explore the meaning and aesthetic pleasure of jellyfish when the fine balance of our global environment is shifting and under stress.

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