Mystic Kelp, Cyanotype, 8'x33'

Mystic Kelp, Cyanotype, 8'x33'

Mystic Kelp, Cyanotype, 8'x27'

Mystic Kelp, Cyanotype, 8'x27'

My blue oasis.

Kelp, the “underwater forests” grow in shallow ocean waters providing food and underwater habitats for many species and absorbing carbon emissions. As trees are critical for land, so are kelp forests for the ocean. Due to warming ocean temperatures, they are disappearing fast, endangering marine life. This work records impressions of kelp and sand on paper using the cyanotype process, in which ultraviolet light creates a positive image of an object placed on a surface that is coated with a photosensitive solution. It was created on the beaches in Los Angeles, California with nature working as a collaborator in creating the work. Kelp and sand from the shores were scattered on the paper that was exposed to sunlight on the beaches. The work is a giant kelp explosion, like a star bursting in the deep blue sky, a large burst of glory, a homage to the beautiful kelp forests.