Nicole Macdonald, an artist living in Australia, uses imagery of deep-sea creatures as a metaphor to explore the unconventional beauty and irrational fears of the abyss that are ever present in the human psyche. She tries to capture the anxiety people tend to feel with the hidden, the unseen and the unknown.
"I create etchings that play with people’s perceptions of the fantastic by drawing on the otherworldliness of these bizarre creatures from the abyss. When the animals of the deep are revealed it is possible that we may be both repelled and intrigued. Through presenting the seductive and mesmerising aspects of these animals in prints I portray the bewildering combination of fear and beauty."