noctiluca nugget

Inspired by the magical, intense sensory experience one encounters while snorkeling, embraced by the ocean water, with the air in your lungs that help your body float. Sunlight, that warms your back and presents the most wonderful color orchestra of the life of coral reefs. And when you swim in the night, every move you make seems to be illuminated by the so-called sea sparkles ‘Noctiluca’. These little sea algae react to every touch by emitting light, like fireflies do. Little lights in the dark.
What I think is very beautiful about these illuminating sea algae is that they illuminate for their own self-defense. There is a beautiful symbolism in there. Enjoying, making, and looking at the illuminating things in life for coping with the dark. And, what illuminating means for this little creature, just simple self-defense, can bring us human beings such a magical experience.

“Whenever you’re touched, you sparkle”

footnote: baby is Yo Inoue (井上 蓉) Thank you Yo, for shining so brightly on my Noctiluca Nugget!

sculptural cushion
technique: crochet
material: acrylic, cotton, wool, lurex, polyamide
size: 120 x 70 x 25 cm
production year: 2009 – 2010

Published by Diana van der Harst

Diana van der Harst, the creator of Leftover Universe, draws inspiration for her range of work from her own life experience and from those beings; human, animal, plant and invisible, that surround her. Her love of all of life in its richness and variety has blossomed into the body of work that continues to evolve. Her work is intuitive, contemplative, spiritual, whimsical, harmonious, unique and poetic. Diana uses a range of mediums including Painting, Drawing, Photography, Illustration, Poetry, Graphics, Ceramics, Textile Art and Fashion & Textile Design thus creating a range of works that include functional objects such as pottery, blankets, cushions and bags each bearing the unique attributes of her style. For a full Artist Statement go to: For the artist's Resume go to:

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