What the Sea Means to an Artist? Angela Cockayne

Fragment from Tepid Tears of Moby Dick. Limited edition print by Angela Cockayne. Fragment from Tepid Tears of Moby Dick. Limited edition print by Angela Cockayne.

Sea Library is a room for the sea. Books, seashells, driftwood and artworks grow on walls like corals on a reef. Far from being a white cube, the library is mirrored in each and every frame, creating a world of many dimensions and merged stories. Come and explore.

I asked each artist, what the sea means to her. This week it’s Angela Cockayne. I have two of her limited edition print in the Sea Library.

Angela Cockayne is a British artist living in Cornwall. Her works are about the sea, some are even made from the sea, and their voice sings a song of our era where climate has gone terribly wrong because of our sins. Angela’s muse is the snow white whale from Herman Melville’s masterpiece Moby-Dick. Together with writer Philip Hoare, she has created a big audio-book, read in beautiful voices and filled with beautiful art: www.mobydickbigread.com. In the meadow by her house stands an ark, waiting for flood, metaphorically filled with things, that people from all over the world want to save for the future; add things you care about to Ark Embrace too.

Angela Cockayne. Tepid Tears of Moby Dick.  From Environmental Blueprints series
Angela Cockayne. Tepid Tears of Moby Dick. From Environmental Blueprints series.

Afloat on the afterglow of forbidden energy, texting the celestial canopy above. To sleep on the sea I return to a primeval cradle, a place to rest, not to think, but absorb. Transmuted in dreams I become the ocean.

Angela Cockayne
Angela Cockayne. Phrenology. From Environmental Blueprints series
Angela Cockayne. Phrenology. From Environmental Blueprints series.