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Journey to the Depths of the Sea

Mary Conner's avatar Mary Conner

This completed encaustic (melted wax) composition is the final work in a series of hydrothermal vent paintings and illustrates two deep sea environments. On the left is my artist's vision of a hydrothermal vent (deep sea volcanic gyser; average depth of 7300 ft.), and on the right are encaustically treated photos that I took on two deep sea submarine dives (maximum depth of 2300 ft.) off the coast of Roatan Island, Honduras. Hydrothermal vents contain regions rich in chemicals(represented by the various colored areas) that sustain an array of unusual life forms (not shown here) that thrive in extreme temperatures and normally toxic conditions. At the shallower depths on the right, the sea is sparsely populated with different animals. As shown in the photos, these species are uniquely adapted to survive and reproduce in their particular environment.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 in.
  • Medium: encaustic (wax with shellac and paper burn)
  • Width: 8 ft.
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 3 ft.