Inside the Whale’s Ear

This work was triggered by the discovery of fossilised whale and dolphin ear bones (tympanic bullae) at Cameron’s Inlet, Finders Island. Images of these and other landscape features, including tidemarks, cloud shadows, shifting water courses, charcoal, pebbles and shell fragments are interspersed with evocations of dynamic events such as underwater turbulence, wind and ephemeral phenomena that shape the landscape across minute and vast timeframes. The alluvial nature of watercolours parallel these dynamic material processes.

Penny Mason


Watercolour on BFK Rives paper