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SWELL Smalls Gallery 2023 Artwork – lunulata

The greater blue-ringed octopus (hapalochlaena lunulata) is the inspiration for this vessel with its flashes of brilliant blue and bulbous form. Lunulata literally means “little moons” in Latin and refers to the circular pattern that warns predators that this most venomous creature is ready to strike. The vessel has been created by weaving plastic strips which once fastened flower delivery boxes and were saved from reaching the florist bin. parthenopi has also been inspired by Ancient Greek urns bearing octopus motifs.