This is a painting I made in France back in 2013. I was painting a series of large pictures about the sea which were completely invented from my imagination while landlocked in Dieulefit for the summer, and about 200 kms from the coast.
I must have been thinking of all the awful things I was reading about and seeing concerning the condition of our oceans. When I went to swim off the beaches in Marseille I was so appalled and ashamed that it was so poluted with human junk. At the same time I felt grateful that I had made the move to a small coastal town in Australia. The French coastline is filthy, full of cigarette butts. and plastic bags and cups. The beaches and calanques too were littered with ever imaginable refuse from our plastic life. What are we going to do about it?