"Antarctic Ocean" Lapis Lazuli mixed with Namibian Sea Bed. 90cm x 90cm. Somerset Paper
The Invisibility of the Sea, a Bristol University Brigstow Institute project brings together an English literature scholar (Laurence Publicover), an environmental law scholar (Margherita Pieraccini) and other academics from arts and sciences with artist Rodney Harris to produce a series of artworks that explore the political, social, cultural and environmental implications of our relationship with the sea.
The two barometers, which quote an instrument he encountered on the MV Balmoral, offer a symbolic catalogue of the sea’s ‘pressure points’. The images in each section begin to capture the conversations he had about the sea – and our relations to it, past, present and future.
The exhibition of the project is currently on show at the EarthArt Gallery, Wills Memorial Building, Bristol University.