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Zostera Noltei 1


56 cm x 76cm
Watercolour on acid-free cotton paper 300 gsm (140 lb)

2020

500 €

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Zostera Noltei 2


56 cm x 76cm
Watercolour on acid-free cotton paper 300 gsm (140 lb)

2020

500 €

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Zostera Noltei 3


56 cm x 76 cm

Handmade natural pigment and synthetic watercolour on handmade, recycled cotton paper 300 gsm (140 lb)
2020

500 €

 Zostera Noltei 6


38 cm x 56 cm

Watercolour on handmade, recycled cotton paper 300 gsm (140 lb)
2020

150 € 

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Posidonia Oceanica*


56 cm x 76 cm
Watercolour on acid-free cotton paper 300 gsm (140 lb)

Unframed
2020

500 €

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Cymodocea Nodosa 1

56 cm x 76 cm

Watercolour on acid-free cotton paper 300 gsm (140 lb) Unframed 2020

300 €

Zostera Noltei 5


76cm x56cm
Watercolour on acid-free cotton paper 300 gsm (140 lb)
2020

300 €

Cymodocea Nodosa 6

56 cm x 38 cm

Natural pigment on handmade recycled cotton paper 300 gsm (140 lb)

 2020

150 €

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Zostera Noltei 4


38 cm x 56 cm
Natural pigment on handmade recycled cotton paper 300 gsm (140 lb)
2020

250 €

Cymodocea Nodosa 7*

38 cm x 56 cm

Natural pigment on handmade recycled cotton paper 300 gsm (140 lb)

2020

150 €

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Zostera Marina 2


76 cm x 56 cm
Mineral pigment and botanical fig pigment on handmade recycled cotton paper 300 gsm (140 lb)
2020

500 €

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Zostera Marina 3


76 cm x 56 cm
Mineral pigment and botanical pigment on handmade recycled cotton paper 300 gsm (140 lb)
2020

500 €

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Zostera Marina 1


76 cm x 56 cm
Mineral pigment, organic coffee on handmade recycled cotton paper 300 gsm (140 lb)
2020

500 €

Cymodocea Nodosa 3

38 cm x 56 cm

Natural pigment on handmade recycled cotton paper 300 gsm (140 lb)

 2020 

250 €

Cymodocea Nodosa 4


38 cm x 56 cm
Natural pigment on handmade recycled cotton paper 300 gsm (140 lb)
2020

250 €

Zostera Marina 4

56 cm x 76 cm

Natural pigment on handmade recycled cotton paper 300 gsm (140 lb)

2020

450 €

Cymodocea Nodosa 5


38 cm x 56 cm
Natural pigment on handmade recycled cotton paper 300 gsm (140 lb) 
2020

250 €

Zostera Marina 5

56cmx76cm

Natural pigment on handmade recycled cotton paper 300 gsm (140 lb)

2020

400 €

Cymodocea Nodosa 2


56 cm x 76 cm
Watercolour on handmade recycled cotton paper 300 gsm (140 lb) 
2020

500 €

My paintings are made of compositions connecting nature and abstraction. I look for a primordial, symbolic representation of nature, in a process where the rawness and essence of the materials is exposed, as they are. Natural materials have certain qualities that I hope to bring up in a meaningful way, in a process of deep listening: of the natural subjects, and of the materials themselves, in compositions constructed with a poetic sense, aiming for a sensory experience of them all. My deepest intention is that these works function as a symbol – a reflection about an environmental issue and the positive possibilities; – as well as a vibrant, luminous background for the daily life that happens around them, as these paintings become part of the history of the places where they are immersed.

 

Between the sea and the shore is a series about the fascinating underwater gardens of seagrass meadows, translating the delicacy and relevance of these ecosystems while creating an emotional appeal that connects people with nature and its regeneration, for generations to come. This series is formally divided in three groups, from which the spatial approach to this ecosystem is made: stripes, traces and lines. Stripes represent seagrass meadows on a close-up level, following a lengthy methodical approach to its tonal range while symbolizing various states of growth. Lines explore seagrasses organic features, its movement and fluidity in the sand and underwater, flowing between tides with spontaneous brushstrokes.  Traces evoke colour and rhythm, in dialogue with the cotton fibre textures. It holds a bird eye perspective of the landscapes where seagrass meadows grow, among the sandbars and shifting currents of the sea. The use of these different techniques represents the diversity of nature itself, from which we all depend.

PURCHASING AN ARTWORK

For further information or to enquire the

availability of an artwork for purchase please contact:

ligiaoliveirastudio@gmail.com

SHIPPING

The prices listed include shipping costs. Please email ligiaoliveirastudio@gmail.com for details.

PAINTINGS

All paintings are created on high-quality cotton paper.

CURRENCY

All prices are listed in Euro (€).

Payments can be made using a bank deposit or PayPal with details being provided once the artwork has been reserved via email. MBWAY is also accepted.

CONTACT

LIGIAOLIVEIRASTUDIO@GMAIL.COM

You may also purchase my artwork through the online Art Gallery SaatchiArt.

ABOUT SEAGRASS MEADOWS

 

Seagrass meadows are a rich, incredible ecosystem supporting ocean life at the Ria Formosa Natural Park and around the world. Through this series, I aim to bring awareness to these beautiful, yet threatened marine flowering plants, and to motivate their protection. I'm inspired by their textures, light, the goodness they provide; in flowing and changing colours, bringing tranquility, rhythm and a calm joy.

Seagrass meadows are extremely rich marine habitats, where animals find partners and shelter; babies are born, and as seagrass provide nurseries and food for many aquatic species, seahorses, turtles, dolphins, dugongs, mollusks, crustaceans, sharks and a vast array of fish depend on these habitats for living. Seagrass meadows hold an incredible thirty times more animals than adjacent sand habitats. Coastal ecosystems of biodiversity, seagrass meadows have the ability to modify their environments to create unique habitats, benefiting themselves and other marine species, while providing many resources to our human activities. Seagrass meadows also contribute to stabilize sediments and reduce coastal erosion; improve water quality and are excellent at storing carbon, being able to capture up to 83 million tons of carbon per year. They are one of the richest ecosystems of the world and the basis of fishing areas, providing 50% of the global fishing industry, supporting communities and nutrition for 3 billion people. Seagrasses have been a resource for humans for the last 10,000 years: across the globe, humans use it for building insulation, roofing, mattress filling, household objects, and fertilizer.

Seagrasses are flowering plants that live in shallow waters, and in many cases, their lives oscillate between submersion and the surface, according to the tides. Seagrass meadows, mangroves and coastal wetlands capture carbon at a higher rate than tropical forests. While seagrass occupy 0.1% of the sea's soil, they are responsible for 11% of the oceans’ sequestered carbon. Seagrass meadows are also the frontline of coastal protection for people living in seashore areas in the event of a tsunami - a lesson countries learnt following the earthquake in Asia, in the beginning of this century.

The conservation and restoration of seagrass meadows offers the possibility of mitigating carbon in addition to forests, contributing to the stability of sediments and maintaining the biodiversity and nutrition of these ecosystems, among the most productive on Earth and vital to communities worldwide. In Portugal, the most extensive seagrass meadows are found in Sado, Tejo and Mondego estuaries, and in the Rias of Aveiro and Formosa. In the latter, they are also home to two threatened seahorse species. Seagrass meadows are fundamental to the functioning of these water ecosystems, and are very vulnerable in terms of conservation. Since there is no international regulatory legislation for seagrass, its protection depends on the implementation of regional and local measures, making it even more important to inform people about this precious ecosystem.

Between the sea and the shore is dedicated to these beautiful habitats and to everything they provide us. I hope this work gives visibility to this rich, incredible ecosystem while making viewers sensible to its role in ocean life and contribute to its regeneration. I am inspired by the sensory qualities of seagrass: texture, evoking its tranquillity and calm. Its colours, tones, rhythms and formal changes, representing its different species, scales and perspectives of observation. Seagrass meadows convey considerations about what a home is: home for the species that live in them, part of the larger home that is our planet, with its contribution to biodiversity, atmospheric quality, resources and beauty. As a medium, I use watercolour, a material that evokes the softness, pleasantness and fluidity of these aquatic plants. Of slow and methodical construction, this ongoing series celebrates the fragile beauty, formal diversity and value of seagrass meadows, flowing in the intertidal areas and sea currents.

This series has the Portuguese Ministry of Culture as an institutional partner.

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Lígia Oliveira © 2020