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Sights Unseen IV - Off the Continental Shelf, 2022

Blue Pencil and pastel on black Arches paper

200 x 100cm

 

 

Off the Continental Shelf and into the deep ocean holds many secrets. My Sights Unseen drawing series gives life to the invisible by using the coded information generated by sonic mapping collected at various depths from bathymetry and multibeam sonar. Computers typically translate this collection of coded data into a recognisable image, a visual skin of what is passed over, beneath the waves. 

 

This work provides a visual narrative to the voyage of the RV Falkor after it left Brisbane, looking back from the Cato Trough. This is a journey about mapping, discovering the ocean floor from the coastal fringe of our continental shelf down to 4000m below sea level. 

 

Used in its raw state, I have exploited the code further to translate my published article ‘The March of Time: toxins thawing and tourism in the Pacific’, to inform the narrative that creates the image. Sights Unseen IV - Off the Continental Shelf is an examination of a journey through space, time and technology that uses coding to create a series of works that bring into the light that which is invisible.

 

 

The code and the process

Various pencil and pastel artworks on black Arches paper, sizes vary

 

These artworks, written in code, are Lea's visualisation of how the Research Vessel Falkor, run by the Schmidt Ocean Institute, explores the deep oceans' many secrets. 

 

Lea's Sights Unseen drawing series gives life to the invisible by using the coded information that is generated by sonic mapping and collected at various depths from the onboard bathymetry and multibeam sonar. 

 

The large banks of onboard computers translate this collection of pings into coded data and then into a recognisable image. They are creating a visual skin of what is passed over by the research vessel, exposing a landscape that sits beneath the waves. 

 

These works provide a visual narrative of the one-month voyage of the RV Falkor after it left Brisbane, looking back from the Cato Trough in February 2021 as part of a global effort to map the planet's oceans by 2030. Lea was aboard the RV Falkor for this journey as part of their 'Artist at Sea' program. This journey was about mapping, revealing and discovering the ocean floor from the coastal fringe of our continental shelf down to 4000m below sea level. 

 

The code used in its raw state created Veits Height Unseen. However, Lea further exploited the code by taking elements to translate her published article The March of Time: toxins thawing and tourism in the Pacific to create images of works such as Sights Unseen IV - Off the Continental Shelf and others. 

 

In creating these artworks, blue pencil and, ultimately, black paper reflects these undiscovered and lightless landscapes.

 

These drawings are an examination of a journey through space, time and technology that uses coding to create a series of works that bring into the light a landscape that will forever remain invisible.

 

Sights Unseen IV - Off the Continental Shelf

SKU: LKLD68
$8,000.00Price
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