Anna and Lesley collaborate as Sea On Glass to create unique pictures from beach glass they collect from the coastline of North Devon. Each picture contains hundreds of pieces of recycled glass that have been tumbled and polished by the sea. Their inspiration comes in part from living in the same village as Damien Hirst, which lead to the conception of their skull range.
The use of reclaimed sea glass in their work carries echoes a life cycle, both of the material itself and in the image of the skull as a universal symbol of life, death and afterlife. The colours used are often vibrant and vivid, lustrous, a celebration of life juxtaposed with the distinctly gothic image of the death’s head. But perhaps their most striking pieces involve very little manipulation of the surface of the glass, using the most subtle shadowing and shading techniques to allow the true colours and textures of the sea glass to come through, bringing a softer quality to their work.