The first in a series of drawings, inspired by experiences as the expedition artist of the Five Deeps Expedition. They are based on the scientific work led by Dr. A. Jamieson.
The blue bar represents the projecting bait arms that are loaded with oily mackerel to attract the deep abyssal creatures to the cameras and bait traps.
It captures the vertical movement of the lander in a liquid environment.
The ink pen drawing is a development from the scientific illustrations used in marine ecology educational books. Utilising simple lines and dots.
The rapid education of a global audience is critical to the sustainability of our planet. Developing an art work based on educational books seems apt.
I’ve tried to capture the sense of a fleeting moment. Offering a glimpse of the extraordinary life of the deep sea. I enjoy the serendipitous good fortune of witnessing what swam by the camera when it was submerged. The depths the landers drop to mean this footage can’t be a live transmission.
The scientific landers were deployed to the deepest parts of the five oceans to gather information. They’re also an integral part of the location and communications operations of the submersible.
Ink & liquid watercolour on ecopaper
38 x 28 cm