Acrylic on glass, video, photography.
Lichens grow where glaciers once were; the sea levels are rising.
Back to the Sea is a simple, experimental video that I shot to capture a sudden idea. I’d just read a paper about measuring the rate of glaciers melting by studying the ages of lichen growing on newly exposed surfaces (lichenometry).
As the painting is gradually destroyed by incoming waves, we might reflect on the sea as our evolutionary and oxygenic origin, the unspoken and slow violences of climate change, the underestimated power of non-human nature to reclaim territories. The Icelandic lichen is simply an observer in all this – a “bioindicator”.