A Hawaiian proverb warns those who frequent cliffs like these to never turn their back to the ocean and to always be aware of the sudden changes in the movements and patterns of the surging waters that batter the rocks along the shoreline.
As I worked on this piece I was remembering an amazing water man who was always up for gathering 'opihi, the limpets that cling to the rocks where the strongest waves pound against the shore. When the water got rough Cliff the Pick would hunker into a rocky crevice and cling to the rocks around him like the 'opihi he harvested, waiting until the wave passed over him before he continued to pry the shellfish off the rocks and pop them into his bag for yet another luau feast. We lost Cliff to the sea he loved so much. When you're on the hunt for 'opihi, even the most careful waterman can get distracted or can lose his grip.
For me, as I was working on this piece, a most exciting discovery was that the inherent lines in the luminescent inner banana bark that I use to form the "water" features in my fiber sculptures can be used to emphasize the terrifying power of these waves.
The title, Run 'Opihi Man Run, is self-explanatory.....