Giant kelp is the largest seaweed, growing up to 40 metres tall in underwater forests. Sadly, along Tasmania’s eastern coast, more than 90% of the Giant kelp has disappeared due to ocean warming and related factors.
These large charcoal drawings create a sense of immersion in kelp and celebrate its texture, translucency and movement in water. One drawing depicts healthy kelp surging upward to the light. A second drawing shows kelp degraded and dying. I aim to give viewers an appreciation and delight in this plant and to bring awareness of its decline.