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Dark Waters, 2015-Present

I looked up to the sun setting and thought to myself it was the most beautiful sunset I had ever seen; all the emerald and mauve and copper with enough of the colour of rust to make it feel real.

The sky has always saved us, protected us from flying out into space, but now that we have changed it; made it ours, to protect ourselves, it is that much more beautiful.

What we have done to make water; to send it all over the world, like they did with oil so many years ago. To have it flow through our country, out our taps, to see that beautiful sky reflected in our endless reservoirs. It is nothing short of a miracle.

I look back to those dark waters of our past; the empty lakes, the shallow rivers and look down now at my reflection in our golden waters and see not just myself but the generations who suffered to make this possible. I see the human spirit looking back at me.

“Dark Waters 1″ 16″x16” Laser cut chromogenic print with gold leaf

“The Wave” 24″x48″ Laser cut chromogenic print with gold leaf

“The Explosion” 40″x38″ Laser cut chromogenic print with gold leaf

“Reflections” 16″x24″ Laser cut chromogenic print with gold leaf

“Dark Waters 2″ 16″x16” Laser cut chromogenic print with gold leaf

“A sun came” 16″x48″ Laser cut chromogenic print with gold leaf

“Reflections 2″ 27″x40” Laser cut chromogenic print with gold leaf

“Cloudscape” 24″x48″ Laser cut chromogenic print with gold leaf

“Dark Waters 3″ 16″x16” Laser cut chromogenic print with gold leaf

“Dark Skies” 24″x48″ Laser cut chromogenic print with gold leaf

“Reflections 3″ 16″x24” Laser cut chromogenic print with gold leaf

“Dark Waters 5″ 16″x16” Laser cut chromogenic print with gold leaf

“Inversions” 2- 16″x16″ Laser cut chromogenic print with gold leaf

“Peaks” 24″x36″ Laser cut chromogenic print

“Valley’s” 24″x36″ Laser cut chromogenic print

“Reflections 4″ 16″x24” Laser cut chromogenic print with gold leaf

“Dark Waters 6″ 16″x16” Laser cut chromogenic print with gold leaf