Susan Derges

“Tide Pool 3 July 2014” 56 x 76 cm digital C-type print © Susan Derges

“Tide Pool 14 September 2014” 51 x 76 cm digital C-type print © Susan Derges

Tide Pool – Artists Statement

The new work is a continuation of my interest in shorelines and intertidal zones that are rich in both the marine life inhabiting them and the metaphors they offer up for exploration, particularly in the craggy bays of the North Devon coast where many of these images were sourced.

The low tides leave behind rock pools that are colourful jewels, full of life and yet very fragile and on the edge of vast forces driven ultimately by the cycles of the moon and the seasons. In this sense they are a microcosm for ourselves and our world.

John Steinbeck, writing about this sense of interconnectedness in his book the Log From the Seas of Cortez describes his experience of intertidal zones:

“…. the knowledge that all things are one thing and that one thing is all things plankton, a shimmering phosphorescence on the sea and the spinning planets and an expanding universe, all bound together by the elastic string of time. It is advisable to look from the tide pool to the stars and then back to the tide pool again.”

The series ‘Tide Pool’ and new work will be exhibited at Purdy Hicks Gallery during November 2015. Learn more about the exhibition here.

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