Peter Matthews

A Return from the Deep

2015. Polystyrene, rust and water from the Pacific Ocean. Variable dimensions. 9 paintings in series.

Sending an almost weightless object to the depths of 100-140 atmospheres of oceanic pressure, the object stays suspended in that stasis of simulated depth for a duration of time and then it returns to the atmospheric pressure found on the earth's surface. After time and with the forces and physics of pressure upon the object in space, the object transforms in scale, volume, surface and weight.

Special thanks to John Lyons and Paul Harvey at the Hydraulics Laboratory and Dr Dale Stokes at the Marine Physical Laboratory, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography for the technical project support.