Mystic Kelp, Cyanotype, 8'x33'

Mystic Kelp, Cyanotype, 8'x33'

 Mystic Kelp, Cyanotype, 8'x27'

Mystic Kelp, Cyanotype, 8'x27'

Coastal giants, the giant redwoods forests above ground and giant kelp forests underwater populate coastal California. Most of the Redwood forests of the west coast, remnants of the age of dinosaurs, found no where else on earth, have been cut down and the surviving forests are increasingly vulnerable to wildfires due to increasing temperatures. On the other hand, the kelp forests are decimating rapidly, almost 80% have been lost due to water pollution, rising temperatures, and a growing population of sea urchins. Walking through the redwoods and the kelp deposits on the California shores this summer, the threat of global warming lingered in my mind. I was drawn to the kelp with its giant leaves floating in the waves tangled up in a mass or torn up into fragments as it washed ashore, its translucent jelly like bulbs and leaves glistening on the sand. I reached into the water grabbing the masses floating loose on the waves, on it way to land on the shores. It would dry up in the sun very fast, loosing its slippery texture and yellowish green colors. I collected it to cast it, to document it on paper in the cyanotypes, or photograph it before it withered away. This work is a giant kelp explosion, like a star burst in the deep blue sky, a large burst of glory, a homage to the beautiful kelp forests.