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Dimitra Skandali, Contemporary Art, Ocean Pollution, Aegean Sea, Paros, Greek Art, San Francisco art, seaweed, Alyki, Bay Area Art, LA Art, Museum show, Herakleidon Museum, Connecting Oceans, installation art, site specific installation
"Sea beds and Signals"
embroidered sea grass on painted emergency blankets, sea grass strands, found fishing nets
400x390x390 cm
May 2019

Sea beds and Signals installed in Herakleidon Museum in a room with a replica of Antikythera Mechanism.

Seagrasses (Zostera marina) from the Pacific Ocean, a found fishing net from the coasts of Bengal and a drawing based on physiographic charts of the oceans suggest that individuals separated by geography and worldviews remain linked by the same global issues in the face of current sea changes. Drawing with overlapped charts from both the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean reflects a confused emotional and psychological space.
The use of very fragile elements like emergency blankets which suggest refuge have lost their meaning. Painted and embroidered with sea grass are now torn apart offering no protection or safety anymore; constantly shifting lines that connect and separate, marks like letters beckoning signals of emergency, codes and charts that need to be decoded. Organic and manmade materials transmit messages of fragility, beauty, connectivity that need to be heard.