“WHAT LIES BENEATH”
I have been really lucky to work with my friend, Rainie Kay to create our exhibition at the Anteros Gallery in Norwich, Norfolk. ‘What Lies Beneath’ is a celebration of the North Norfolk reef and runs from 5th-16th March.
Out beyond the beach, known by some as the ‘Great Barrier Reef of Norfolk, lies the chalk reef that most people never see or indeed, think about. It is a fragile, beautiful eco-system with its own vivid corals and an abundance of amazing sea creatures, some armour-plated, others incredibly delicate and glass-like: every one helpless to resist human predation and destruction of habitat – a habitat that has only recently been recognised as scientifically important.
These shoals are thought to be Europe’s most extensive chalk reef, stretching more than 30 km along the coast and reaching out up to 10 km into the North Sea.
Rainie and I have collaborated to create a body of work celebrating this hidden marine world. Our work contrasts this unique beauty, hidden beneath the surface, with the not-so-beautiful reality of the pollution, produced by our own species, which threatens to decimate ocean life and health.
Whilst the majority of our artwork highlights the beauty and diversity of this underwater world, some pieces are of a thought-provoking nature. Our aim has been to create a body of work that is beautiful, thought provoking and unusual .