This body of work looks at plankton from a distance, as "blooms." As these algal blooms develop, multiple tinted layers are visible on the coastlines and on the open water. The result is a haunting, mysterious collection of color, life, and the drama of creation and destruction. Most blooms are beautiful and essential to the planet, yet some are destructive and dangerous…as in red tides. There is a serious issue with diminishing plankton on earth: 40% diminishment since the 50's.
In the printing process, I have experimented with resists such as salt, magnesium carbonate, talc, cornstarch to create the layers and to capture the essence of the blooms, indirectly expressing the missing 40%. The powdery and fragmented layers tell the story and give the impression of the explosive effect these vast colonies of creatures have on earth seasonally.
Plankton produce 50% of the world’s oxygen, cool the earth, and are the bottom of the food chain: the elemental sustenance for all beings on earth. These prints are my tribute to them.