Patterns of Flow and more art by Mark Cook

Patterns of Flow, 2020
48 x 38 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

Like blood vessels on a human heart, the recent increased flows of freshwater entering Florida Bay create rarely seen dendritic patterns in the nearshore sediments. Historically, the volumes of freshwater entering the bay were considerably greater than they are today, meaning that its estuarine waters were less saline, more productive, and supported a greater diversity and abundance of fauna and flora. Record breaking rainfall in the fall of 2020, combined with ongoing restoration activities, promoted a return of these flows for the first time in decades. In this image, a large adult alligator, a freshwater species not typically seen in the salty waters of the bay, takes advantage of the flows and the increased abundances of fish that result from them.

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other works by Mark Cook

Mist Shrouded Bald Eagle Nest, 2021
40.5 x 72 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

Sleeping Beauty, 2021
40 x 60 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

Pair Bonding, 2021
48 x 72 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

Aigrettes, 2020
32 x 48 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

White Ibis Nesting Colony. , 2021
40 x 60 x 1 inch (h x w x d)


more from MartinArts

I'm Okay
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.3 inch (h x w x d)
Textile paints
glow-in-the dark paint
prepared for dyeing fabric and Kona cotton fabric.

We Have Liftoff!
50 x 30 x 0.3 inch (h x w x d)
Batiks were used for the grass
and sky. Prepared for dyeing fabric with textile paints for the legs. Printable fabric was used for the rocket and fence.

Sammy Fishing
31 x 35.5 inch (h x w)
Cotton fabrics
computer printed cotton and organza
Jacquard Lumiere Metallic Colors
Sakura Pigma Micron pens
and double-sided fusible web

Staying Home
43 x 34.5 x 0.3 inch (h x w x d)
wet cyanotypes
Hand dyed fabrics

Florida Spirits
32 x 31.5 inch (h x w)
100% cotton fabric
silk batting
fabric paint


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