When the water on the Texas Gulf Coast turns green, it is said to be "good fishing". The only time it is not good fishing is when the coast is experiencing an algal bloom, sometimes a harmful algal bloom that gives off toxins and a brownish-red color. These clustering single-cell flagellates (microscopic marine plankton) can kill fish and render bivalves such as Oysters (my favorite) inedible. Red Tide (fig. 1 below) speaks to the complexity of water born microorganisms and their impact on nature.
Red Tide is wax resist/dye on silk, collaged to enhance design and give it "voice" then machine quilted on Peltex stabilizer. It is one of several works composed with wax resist/dye using marine life and water themes.
Red Tide 7" x 10" Fig. 1