“… they seem delicate, or so you might think at first glance… but suddenly they reveal themselves as radically carnal, lubricious and exuding something somewhat human and murky… ”
– Abraham San Pedro, Writer and Publisher
OPHELIA (2014) is an encounter. I was a on a beach in England and, at low tide, I found small pools formed in the sand, hundreds of them, each one containing a tiny cluster of seaweed. It reminded me of the floating vegetation in the Pre-Raphaelite painting Ophelia, from which the series takes its name. That’s the thing about that painting that has always fascinated me. Generally in my practice, I am interested in repetition. And here I hit upon a whole series, placed in front of me purely by nature. It is produced on a large scale to make it more unreal, as, if you don’t blow them up, you lose the blur conferred by the subject being under water. They are also unframed and under Perspex to give them back some of the shiny liquidity they had in real life.