Looking Past the Surface

Cassandra Swierenga's avatar Cassandra Swierenga

My piece is a triptych called "Looking past the surface". In creating this piece I used palette knives and brushes, painting in oil, on three individual museum wrapped canvases. If you look at the first canvas you see an ocean shoreline as the water recedes and begins to expose tide pools. The second canvas we zoom closer into the scene and see an individual tide pool with exposed rock a blue chasm of water, and plant and shell material floating just below the shallow surface of the water. In the final canvas we magnify the view even further and we are surprised by unusual animal and plant life lurking in the sandy crevices of the tide pools depths. Much like an ocean shoreline that appears as an endless meeting of sand and water, if we make the effort to "look past the surface", we're reward by an expanded understanding of the beauty, the unusual and the breathtaking.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1
  • Medium: oil on Canvas
  • Width: 10
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 6