New Zealand based artist GABBY O’CONNOR is exploring oceanic depths by combining form and color to indelibly shape space. The installation, entitled “WHAT LIES BENEATH”, was constructed with over 3000 sheets of tissue paper and countless staples to look like the underside of an ice formation.
Inspired after reading about antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott, O’connor’s installation imparts on the viewer the calming experience of resting just below the surface of the water. Specifically-tailored triangles of tissue paper were dyed varying shades of blues and greens, sprayed with shellac and sewn together to create a multifaceted frozen continent suspended above the viewer’s head. The holes created from sewing the paper together allow light to escape from the piece, casting a mesmerizing atmospheric glow throughout the room.