The Hand that Feeds
By Dee Jaeger
This work plays on the saying “don’t bite the hand that feeds you”. The ocean has always been the provider of so many sustaining aspects of our lives; food, recreation and nurture for the mind, body and soul. In my work, the woven fishing net or catch bag, represents the human impact of taking from the ocean. While fishing and collecting abalone along our coastline has been an intrinsic aspect of our relationship with the sea, we need to be mindful of not overplaying and abusing that relationship.
3D sculpture Ceramic, copper wire, recycled fishing rope, abalone shell
22 x 16
Dee Jaeger has been a practicing ceramic artist and art teacher for 26 years. She holds a BA in Visual Arts and a Grad Diploma in Education. Dee’s main form of expression is through ceramic sculpture. The multi-faceted stages and processes of working with clay provide Dee with more than a lifetime of exploration and research. The female figure and the natural environment are her main source of inspiration. Living in the beautiful coastal suburb of North Beach offers Dee rich visual imagery to create her 3-D “stories”. Her figurative works often depict the everyday interactions of people with their places of play, recreation or solace. The ocean in particular is the setting of many of these mini narratives. The works submitted for Motion by the Ocean reference locations very dear to Dee’s heart; Trigg Beach, Mettam’s Pool, the coastal paths and the abundant abalone reef. Dee hopes her work speaks of the need to advocate for and protect our local coastal ecosystem while recognizing the pleasure and health benefits it provides to all who engage in it.