Pollution is killing the sea grass in the lagoon near where I live. In addition to pollution, careless boaters speed through shallow water further damaging the habitat that is so critical to life in this estuary. What happens when all the grasses are gone?
As I considered this dilemma, my mind traveled down a winding path arriving at what I call “Color Math”. Blue minus green equals yellow. Written mathematically: Blue - (blue + yellow) = yellow. Hence the yellow water surrounding my fish. In my imagined scenario, if all green sea grasses were gone, the lagoon would be yellow.
And then the lagoon would become very hot. With no protection from the sun or predators, the fish would die. “The Making of a Fossil” depicts the decay and death of fish when their natural habitat is disrupted or worse, destroyed. I used color, stitching and trapunto to emphasize the deleterious effects.
The words preserve, protect and respect were foremost in my mind as I considered what we could do to avoid such a negative future. These words are superimposed on the area of decay as a reminder to our role in prevention.
The fish prints are india ink Gyotaku, made by my husband under the tutelage of Martha Wolfe. I discharged the fabrics, used triple, double and single trapunto on the fish and added color with inktense pencils. The words are handwritten with a fabric pen. Stitching includes cotton, polyester and metallic threads.