THE OYSTER DREAMS OF KELP FORESTS
DRAW Space, Marrickville
Saywell Gallery, Marrickville
Inspired by bladder wrack specimens found on the Isle of Arran, Scotland, strangled by plastic pollution The Oyster Dreams of Kelp Forests aims to capture the profound impact of ecological degradation on ocean flora and fauna. In this piece, the oyster's dream, symbolised by delicate seaweed tendrils, is preserved in aluminium, transforming transient bodies into enduring forms.
From the oyster's slumber, a vision emerges: a world where kelp tendrils entwine and entangle themselves with other species cleaning their waters and sheltering their kin. In dreaming, the oysters' desires resonates in many hearts, human or not, and the oysters desires become our own.
Capturing such lucid ideas requires a relinquishment to form and materiality. Embracing the alchemy of forging aluminium, the tendrils of seaweed metamorphose the oyster’s dream into something tangible - a gleaming vision of abundance and resilience.