Artist statement — Rakar West.
All of Dr. White’s images of plankton are very beautiful and interesting to me. The one I chose as my main inspiration is the composite image of the cyanobacteria, protozoans and metazoans. My painting, Leviathan, refers to the food chain (or web), but is not a literal depiction. The word “leviathan” has come to mean any large sea creature, such as a whale. Both the whale (the large center shape) and plankton are part of the food web.
Eugene, Oregon 2012
For other works submitted to the Art of Plankton show, see Forms from the Sea.