Elsa Salonen

I Dive in the Ocean as in a Prayer

ochres, plastic debris and sea salt collected from the shores of the Caribbean Sea - Colombia, alum crystal on glass
(on the floor: sand, seashells, plastic debris and sea salt collected from the same shores, alum crystal)
2021, dimensions variable, here 180x250 cm

From the Colombian beaches of the Caribbean Sea, the artist collected ochres and plastic debris drifted ashore. These materials she ground into pigments that were used, together with sea salt and alum, to paint an underwater landscape of a bleaching coral reef on glass. ‘I Dive in the Ocean as in a Prayer’ celebrates underwater beauty while asking for strength to protect it. 

Thanks:
Thematic consultancy / coral bleaching: Helmut Schuhmacher, emeritus professor of aquatic ecology, Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Project location / materials: La Boquilla, Cartagena and El Salar de Galerazamba, Colombia
Exhibition views: Ama Gallery, Helsinki, 2021