"One work that creates an imitation of a natural event is Floaters, a wall-based sculpture with plastic bottles that are manipulated into a jellyfish form that are hung from a copper armature. The jellyfish are small to medium scale, ranging from 1” to 4” in size varying in design and shape. The characteristics of each jellyfish is dependant upon the type of bottle used such as heavily recycled water bottles have a round flat top with multiple tentacles that are crinkled (this design of the crinkling is from cutting the bottle into strands and using the circular characteristics as well as the concave design and unstable structure). Another type of plastic used are juice bottles which have a harder plastic and have a tendency to have a rectangular shape. Unlike the crinkled effect of the water bottle plastic, to manipulate the structure of the juice bottle, one must submerse the jellyfish into hot water or physically force the plastic to shape (this also reminisces the event of cooking live marine organisms by submersing them into boiling water for edible consumption).

The plastic jellyfish are suspended from and hung sporadically with monofilament on the armature with a piece of plastic tubing that fits around the pipe. The use of the monofilament is to attempt to recreate the experience of jellyfish swimming up toward the surface of the ocean (it becomes a symbol for their capture as monofilament is a fishing tool as well as a cause of injury and death to marine organisms due to its improper disposal). The material creates an ironic situation of the containment and capture of the jellyfish as well as create its weightlessness that the organisms are typically known for.

The title Floaters reminisces of objects that float on the surface such as buoys and other items used for maritime purposes. The title comes from the properties of plastic being floatable and a common waste in ocean environments (as well as the experience of watching jellyfish swim toward the surface). Floaters is also a reference for a corpse found floating in a body of water, thus touches on the idea that these are dead jellyfish as they float in a static position. Although they do turn and slightly move, the material of the jellyfish was declared as garbage or disposable (this plays on the material being worthless and how natural jellyfish are disposed of and replaced with this material as well as how natural marine organisms are demeaned below a commodity).

The armature’s physical structure is composed of ¼” bendable copper pipe covered with a ½” plastic tubing that was bent into various curvilinear asymmetrical shapes that recreate the sensation of the ocean with wave-like forms. The formal structure of the actual armature is various bent portions of 10” to 20” of copper piping that is installed close to each segment. The form in its entirety looks to be continual and seamless although it is not. The entire sculpture as a whole measures 9’ x 12’ x 1 ½’ in its entirety.

Floaters are lighted with LED lights that create a reflective shadow of both the piping and the plastic jellyfish that recreates an abstract bulb-like structure reminiscent to a jellyfish and its tentacles. The lighting enhances the translucence of the jellyfish and the tubing to create another dimensional background that otherwise would not exist without the light by creating a dual set of the forms we see in the foreground. This further implies the sensation of watching jellyfish from a distance rise to the surface with the background and foreground creating a physical environment that allows the viewer to experience the sight as if under the ocean, however as a man-made creation." - Abstract From 2015 Graduate Thesis. Currently on Display at Florida International University's Biscayne Bay Campus.