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UNCOVER – THE WADDEN SEA


 
 
Sandhopper, Herring, Deep-Snooted Pipefishes, Shorecrab, Brittle Star, Lugworm, Habour Seal, Ermine and Stoat, Starfish, Sea Star, Sea Potato, Cockle, Mussel, Razor Clam, Peppery Furrow Shell, Conch, Mudsnail, Comma Shrimp, Plaice, Houting, The Kentish Plover, Lagis Koreni, Pied Avocets, Alcon Blue, Crangon Crangon.
 
The project is titled Uncover based on my artistic interest in uncovering the fantastic wildlife in and around the Wadden Sea shown in the works as an interplay between visible and invisible, focus and unfocus, object and negative space.By ebb when the surface of the sand is uncovered you see the traces after the swarm of life, which live buried in the sand of the mudflats. The tops made by the Lugworms, the tracheae of the Cockles and the arms of the Brittle Stars reveal the existence of the animals.
 
I find the Wadden Sea as an ecological natural phenomenon with its interdependence and symbiotic solidarity amazing. Following this line of thought I have made a series of Wadden See Prayer Flags inspired by the Tibetan buddhist prayer flag.The traditional prayer flag has at the center an image of the Wind Horse. On the four corners are images of a garuda, a dragon, a tiger, and a snow lion, which are the four sacred animals representing the four virtues of wisdom, strength, confidence, and joy. It is believed that the energy of the images are blown in the wind and will bring fortune to all who see them.These sacred animals are in the Wadden See Prayer Flags replaced by animal special for the Wadden Sea.  In the middle is a ”horse Shrimp” – the Crangon Crangon, which back in the days was fished from a horseback with a horse-drawn net in the shallow water. In the corners are a lugworm, a houting, a Kentish plover and an Alcon Blue butterfly.
 
The Alcon Blue lays its eggs on the flower buds of the Marsh Gentian, and the flowers become the first food source for this caterpillar. It feeds here 2-3 weeks, and then drops to the ground where it is adopted by the red ant, a Myrmica ant, that carries it back to the ant’s nest where it is fed all winter. In return the larva produces a sweet substance that is eaten by the ant – again an example of the natural wonder of the Wadden Sea.
 
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