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Fish #101 Fifteenspined Stickleback Spinachia spinachia ~ Laura Callaghan Grooms
Mixed media miniature on canvas 5 x 8 cm
The species characteristically has between 14-17 spines on its long, slender body. The male builds a nest of algal fragments, stuck together with a kidney secretion. The female lays 150-200 eggs in the nest and dies shortly after. The male tends the eggs and guards the nest.
Laura Callaghan Grooms is a mixed-media artist based in Brighton in the south of England. Cross-artforms and mixtures of media have been at the heart of her artistic output, and are particularly inspired by the natural world. Her artwork is inspired by the places she's been and the things she's seen and felt. Using a selection of collaged paper-based ephemera as the basis, she builds up mixed media, found objects and different varieties of paint, to create finished canvasses with delicate translucent layers. She takes inspiration from the natural world for her artworks and reflects her passion for recycling and reviving found objects, particularly those that would be otherwise overlooked. A particular focus of her current work is reuse of 'ghost gear' washed up on her local beach (any fishing equipment or fishing-related litter that has been abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded) which often entangles sea creatures with devastating effects. Her 'UNTANGLED' work was endorsed by Sir David Attenborough in 2016 as part of a World Cetacean Alliance programme. "Art has a powerful role to play in highlighting human responsibility for our natural world, and the imperative to protect and safeguard for the future". Laura takes commissions and her work can be found online via: www.lauracallaghangrooms.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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