Creatures of the Kelp

As part of Totally Thames, Camilla Brendon and Gerald Curtis perform Creatures of the Kelp at Watermans Art Centre. Exploring the crossover between mythology and science around unidentified marine object sightings.

Creatures of the Kelp explores the crossover between mythology, eyewitness sightings and scientific research between UMO’s (Unidentified Marine Object). The most famous such creature is the Loch Ness Monster, but in fact sightings of the British Isles over the last two hundred years have been plentiful. Performers embody the creatures spotted in such sightings whilst accounts are narrated. Costumes are bright and bold and made from found and recycled materials.

Camilla Brendon uses colour and form inspired by ocean habitats and issues to create visually appealing installations from found materials. Since 2018 CB’s project, called Coast, has investigated plastics, phytoplankton and kelp and has been supported by The Arts Council, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and The Westway Trust. Her art provides a platform for dialogue around sustainability and facilitates debate, learning and experimentation.

Gerald Curtis: Since being awarded Developing your Creative Practice Award in 2021 for disability research-based project Performance into Dyspraxia, Gerald has been focusing on creating work around his disability and Neurodivergent art practices. Combining elements of media from performance, photography and drawing, Gerald creates interdisciplinary works that aim to defy preconceived ideas of art making.

CB and GC have collaborated to perform Creatures of the Kelp amongst CB’s installation called Kelp Forest. They were costumes designed and made by CB to embody sea creatures documented after eye witness sightings off the coast of Great Britain and the USA.

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