Above the Sea Level
OIL ON CANVAS. ORIGINAL SIZE 46x26 in

  • In the traditions of India and Polynesia, an empty spiral conch shell was used as a musical instrument.
  • The sound of the conch was considered to be the voice of the highest being, the breath of Vishnu.

The image is suggestive of human consciousness where the apparent dividing line – the sea level – is a border between the conscious and subconscious, or the seen and unseen, the obvious and the obscure.

Rising above the sea, the illuminated top of the shell is the brightest and most obviously active part of human consciousness and a visible section of the "iceberg" that emerges from the human brain. The rest, larger and more profound, is submerged in the depths of the subconscious and the realm of the instinctive. Shades of purple create a sense of immersion.