A series begun in 2018, Tides are my response to an environment changing faster than we comprehend, poetic interpretations in clay of Hokusai’s great woodcut. Gold decals of setting suns are overlaid with Rachel Carson’s quotes or Billy Collins’ great lines from The Art of Drowning: “The tide will take you, or the lake will accept it all as you sink toward the weedy disarray of the bottom, leaving behind what you have already forgotten . . . .” Both forms and words refer to the rising seas that submerge every coastline of every continent.
The Coastal Vessels are the floodplains of the Ganges delta, flowing into the Bay of Bengal and thence the Indian Ocean. The coastlines of India are flooded.