dark water

dark water

24 x 18"

Paper wasp nest, honey comb, oil paint, resin on panel.  This is a 3-dimensional painting, and the insides of the jellyfish are made with real wasp nests and painted bees.  Jellyfish populations are on the rise due to rising ocean temperatures and acidification.  Conversely, bees are on the decline due to pollution, pesticides, and parasites.  

detail

detail

The back of the jellyfish sits three inches away from the front of the painting...

detail

detail

Another detail of the filmy inner tendrils of the jellyfish, the real paper wasp nest, and the painted bees.  You can see around these inner objects as you move from side to side.