Radiolaria, foraminifera, sessile invertebrates and more primordial soup under the sea


The forminiferal ooze!  (Here’s a full illustrated  catalogue of forminiera: )

What are Radiolaria and Foraminifera?

  •  Amoeba-like single-celled microscopic organisms
  • Produce intricate mineral shells or skeletons
  • Live in environments that contain liquid water e.g. in the ocean, inside the body
  • Usually less than 1 mm in size
  • Their structures are made of natural glass
  • Belong to the group “Rhizaria”.

There are three main groups of Rhizaria:[4]

Sessile invertebrates

These are animals without backbones that can be attached to a reef, like corals, barnacles, sponges and aenemones.

2014-05-06 15.26.49-small

My work is influenced by impressions of these deep sea forms.  The microworld of the sea fascinates me.  I want to invoke natural colours and forms.  I derive inspiration from marine biology, mycology. I love looking intently at the detailed morphology of lichens, fungi and microscopic marine organisms.  The more I look at their detail, the more beautiful they seem.

Here’s some of my recent explorations:

2014-05-05 16.12.56-small
2014-05-05 16.12.31-small 2014-05-05 16.12.13-small 2014-05-05 16.12.04-small 2014-05-05 16.11.53-small 2014-05-05 13.46.16-small