A crochet sculptural cushion I made in 2009 inspired by the magical and intense sensory experience I encountered while snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef in 1997. In daytime the colours of the coral and the nibbling on my skin by little fish touched my senses. During the night every move I made while swimming was illuminated by the sea by the so called sea-sparkles NOCTILUCA. These little sea algae react to every touch by emitting light, like fireflies. Little bright lights in the dark. What I thought and still think is so very beautiful about these illuminating sea algae is that they illuminate out of a self defence mechanism and there is a very beautiful symbolism and message in there; creating and looking at the illuminating things in life for coping with the dark. And what this illuminating means for this little creature, just simple self defence, can bring us such a magical experience.
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.
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