Title: Head Above Water
Medium: Cut paper on Stretched Canvas
An original Cut Paper work on stretched canvas, by Rachel, using 963 small pieces of up-cycled magazine paper from several sources, adhered to primed canvas with acrylic medium and varnished with gloss UVL varnish to prevent fading. Sides of canvas painted for modern display.
This piece was inspired in part from the docuseries, “Our Planet,” wherein the earth’s shrinking coral reefs and kelp forests are discussed. Both of these are seen in this piece, as well as the dwindling of fish populations and predators roaming with hunger. The link between human rights and the environment is acknowledged with the human figure in as much of a precarious position as the underwater life, with his head barely above water as he clutches an octopus for survival. His shorts ripple with a pattern of swarming fish, representing the memory of more plentiful times. Tuna exit the scene to the left of the composition, also suggesting the departure of sustenance. The emotive qualities in this piece also reflect a common state of the human spirit, in emotional survival.