Bad luck at sea (drops for Albatross)

Glass, paper, sea salt, Indian Yellow pigment, 85,000 drops water from the Indian Ocean.

Glass blown by Brandon Scientific Glass

Included in Egg Tooth, Spectrum Project Space, Perth Western Australia

The adult Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross has a pale grey or white head and nape, with a dark grey mantle, upper wing, and tail. Its rump and underparts are white, and its underwing is white with a black tip with a narrow black margin at the leading edge. Its bill is black with a yellow upper ridge and red tip. The juvenile has a white head and all black bill.

Indian Yellow-nosed Albatrosses breed on Prince Edward Islands, the Crozet Islands, Kerguelen Island, Amsterdam Island (on the Falaises d’Entrecasteaux) and St Pauls Islands in the Indian Ocean. Of the estimated population of 180,000 birds, approximately 85,000 migrate to Australian waters. The population has been decreasing steadily for the last 45 years, caused by interactions with longline fisheries and the outbreak of introduced diseases. Its conservation status in Australia was upgraded from Vulnerable in 2000 to Endangered in 2010.

85,000 drops of water from the Indian Ocean (collected by my brother) drip through a valve and stop-cock at the bottom of a suspended glass vessel (blown by my collaborator) slowly dissolving an indian yellow pigment egg (sculpted by my sister) to make a watercolour painting of sorts, on a circular sheet of paper (made by my friend), laying on a bed of sea salt (collected by my other brother), and finally exhibited (checked on regularly by my mother) in my own absence from the exhibition, due to my migration from my hometown overseas.

Photographs courtesy Eva Fernandez