During the pandemic, I felt as if I was shut off from the rest of the world. I was contained within my self-sustaining bubble with no repercussions from the outside world. I wanted to illustrate that feeling and found imagery within the lava lamp I looked at every day.
The lava lamp has flexible, ever-evolving organic shapes that morph and change as they travel up and down the inside of the light. These organic shapes help me calm down in that they, in a way, are a small universe itself, very much like my own.
The enclosed universe the lamp represents reminds me that the world is forever unpredictable but is beautiful in this way. Shapes are constantly moving and joining each other that is beautifully incalculable and calming, just like the elements and people in my own life.
Reference and Process Photos
Process for 6x9 2 block Mokuhanga practice block.