Seagrass - Shelley Hicks
Oil On Canvas
61 x 152 x 3
Seagrasses are amazing aquatic plants that can be found in the shallow waters in tropical and temperate climates. In Australia, half of the world’s species are represented. They stabilize the seabed, preventing erosion and have the ability to take the carbon from the water and use it to build their leaves and roots. This is what is
referred to as “ Blue Carbon”. Seagrass captures Carbon 35 times faster than tropical rainforests. As the plants die the dead material builds up in layers on the sea floor, which if undisturbed remains a major carbon store for thousands of years. Their preservation is one of the most important aims for combatting climate change.
I have used layers of the colours of the ocean to represent the sedimentary layering on the sea floor, and the negative space creates the seagrass forms.