Kelp

Paintings

Finalist

Oil on canvas, 45cm x 90cm
 
Bull kelp, Durvillaea potatorum, clings to rocks between Bermagui and Robe, where this piece was found. Once used by Aborigines to make water carriers, it is used today in horticulture, dentistry and sculpture. Aesthetically it has the form, texture and surfaces traditionally sought by artists in objects of great value.

by Greg O'Leary