This series of work aims to explore the underwater world around the Dorset coastline. Although the sea acts as a destructive force that carves the British coastline the creative aspects of this force is being discovered first hand with me swimming the coast. This allows me the opportunity to experience the power of water from within.
This project inspires painting and from painting the rest of my practice is born.
- Lulworth Cove
- Durdle Door and Man o' War
- Studland Bay
The impressive natural arch of Durdle Door formed due to the effect of the erosive power of the sea on the vertical layers of different types of rock. At some point in the past the sea would have begun to breach the hard Portland Limestone and form a string of caves along the coast. The much softer rocks behind would have quickly been eroded away creating caves and natural arches. Eventually the arches collapsed leaving stacks, which would in turn be broken and washed away by the power of the waves. Durdle Door is part of only a small strip of hard Portland limestone that is left here. The remnants of old arches can still be seen in the form of 'stumps' of limestone only just visible in the waves. One day that is all that will remain of Durdle Door.
Landslide that occurred in 2013: