Works On Paper

Pencil on paper and overlay, 64x87cm

Well-recognised for its ornamental delicacy, the Paper Nautilus 'shell' has a more mysterious life history. The female octopus, Argonauta nodosa, secretes this egg-case then partially retreats inside while brooding. Discarded in the open ocean, the 'shell' sometimes survives the long journey to shore during rough weather, becoming a beachcomber's treasure.

by Judy Morris