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I remember the first time I became aware of the importance of eelgrass. I had seen the stuff growing on beaches, but usually it was only a few strands poking out of the sand, nothing abundant or appearing fertile, and I certainly didn't know what to call it.
I began with a very crude sketch of an idea...I decided to use silver and gold layers to give texture to the frame of my piece. I wanted it to have surprises and detail that would speak to a walk on a beach, discovery, and the many ways eelgrass connects land to sea.
Walking my favorite beach here in Bellingham, I smile to see large swaths of eelgrass now. The grass is a nursery ground for many species, it is susceptible to damage from human activity, it is food and shelter. Sadly, the day I started work on "Nurture", I read an article on the seizure of more than 12 million dead seahorses from a boat off the coast of Peru. I was more determined than ever that the main figure for this piece would be a seahorse.
Nurture features imagery of sea stars, a crab, sea snail, flounder, seahorses, and of course, eelgrass.