Jellyfish are classified in the subphylum Medusozoa. Jellyfish blooms are symptomatic of collapsing oceanic ecosystems.

As we pollute, plunder and cook our oceans, the resultant environment can become a dead zone. Perfect conditions for jellyfish to thrive; they move in quickly and proliferate.

In the Proterozoic era they were the top predator in the oceans. These beautiful creatures have few predators, they can clone themselves and some species are virtually immortal.

My work is increasingly about waste, climate change and looking for changes in behaviours that create the conditions destroying our environment.

In 2019 at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre I will be installing a wall piece with many of these medusozoan creating a massive bloom as part of a solo exhibition.

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by Simon Reece