Clypeasteroida squamosus

Giclee print on Canson Rag Photographique

595 mm x 620 mm

Clypeasteroida squamosus, the fictional scaly sand dollar, was born of the digital re-interpretation of my colleague Joanna Bone’s exquisite blown glass. Returning to the original source of inspiration, the marine environment, the work emphasises the perfect (yet imperfectly realised) geometry of the living world, particularly in terms of pattern, delicate contour and radial symmetry elements of echinoderms.

Reminiscent of a bioluminescent organism emerging from the deep to be discovered by modern science, the work reminds us of the limits of our marine ecology knowledge, even as habitat and species are lost forever through human activity.

Emerging Category

by Aaron Micallef