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Shipwrecks and Death Collage

Christian Carter-Stephenson

United Kingdom

Collage, Photo on Wood

Size: 10 W x 14 H x 0.5 D in

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Mixed media composition incorporating found objects, digitally manipulated photographs and poetry. The piece was inspired by the duality of the sea, i.e. the idea that it is at once the source of life on earth and a ruthless killer. There is nothing more relaxing than watching the waves gently dancing across a beach on a calm day, and yet we are never more aware of our own mortality than when we are out on those same waves in a storm, being lifted high into the air, then plunging down again. Simply put, the ocean is the ultimate expression of the Jekyll and Hyde idea - a rampaging monster hidden beneath a thin veneer of tranquility and restraint, and people everywhere feel the same conflicting emotions about it. As someone who lives on an island, however, I think I'm particularly in tune with these emotions, because the sea surrounds me at all times, protecting me and providing me with sustenance, but also restricting my movements and occasionally dragging neighbours to watery graves. My starting point in making this piece was a sea-inspired poem I had written. I scrawled part of this poem onto a piece of metal found on a beach to form a centrepiece, thereby providing a bridge between the words and the natural environment.

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Collage:Photo on Wood

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:10 W x 14 H x 0.5 D in

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