Oceanus Transpectus II (Ocean View II)

Elizabeth Hubler-Torrey's avatar Elizabeth Hubler-Torrey

Tiny creatures called corals are responsible for the creation of the world's coral reefs that have built up over millions of years. In many areas, coral reefs have been damaged by “bleaching,” a term to describe the stress on coral that endangers the reefs. Our oceans are soaking up an increasing amount of carbon dioxide pollution and the resulting increased acidity, along with warmer sea temperatures, have stressed and damaged many coral reefs. The reefs serve as habitat for many different fish species and other creatures. It's predicted that the reefs and creatures that live there could be extinct by the year 2050. (Kleypas, 2006) "Ocean View II" represents the bleaching process affecting corals. I use an encaustic process to burn-in pigment onto naturally bleached beeswax as the structure for these sculptures. By contrasting full-color healthy leaves next to unpainted “bleached” leaves, it serves as a visual warning for the degradation happening at the bottom of the world’s oceans.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 6 foot
  • Medium: Encaustic and pastel
  • Width: 6 foot
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 8 inches