I love jellies. These are black sea nettles, Chrysaora Melanogaster, a large (up to four feet, with a fourteen inch bell) species found along the west coast of North America. Jellies have been around for hundreds of millions of years, eating, growing and reproducing without brains or limbs, soft and delicate as gelatin clouds but with tentacles full of explosive stinging cells. The agricultural pollution that we sluice into the oceans spurs huge jelly blooms, and since we've so assiduously killed off their predators (like the sea turtles) their populations are exploding throughout the world's overstressed seas. They drifted long before we were here, and they will drift long after, pulsing softly, borne on the currents. That's real power.
18" x 24"
Recycled French Cover Paper