THE WORLD BELOW
When we were all forced to be apart from others for nearly 2 (covid) years, I discovered the pleasures of going below in my Northern Beaches LGA . Snorkelling!
I discovered a world which was unaffected by the chaos above. A turbulent world left behind for peace and tranquillity.
Shelly Beach and Fairlight Beach (Manly) were my saviour.
Colourful fish, all shapes and sizes, would swim through the seagrass as it danced to the rhythm of the wind and waves. Ocean sand would settle then unsettle, bubbles would appear, a rock surface covered in algae would become a resting platform or hiding place for timid fish. Shafts of light always highlighting the time and type of day, blue to aqua to turquoise.
This series of paintings depict that world. A diverse world away from the houses we were locked down in. A world richer than the trips to the supermarkets where we were distanced from each other and not allowed to breathe. There in that world below I learnt a different kind of proximity and breathing.