The Brittle Bones of Ocean Dwellers


This series of drawings was created for the exhibition Polygraphics: walk the line at Central Galleries, 2016. They were created under the guise of Arabella Berman, an early character from the short film Dark Water, currently under development by Erin Coates and Anna Nazzari. 

Arabella Bergman is 15. She is wheelchair bound as the result of Osteogenesis Imperfecta; a congenital
disorder commonly known as Brittle Bone Disease. She has crafted a world of hybrid beings dwelling in the depths of the ocean. Here, she has luminescent legs of rainbow cilia, writhing tentacle and schools of tiny fish living in her brittle bones that pull her through the water. She is the watery body that carries this world. She is inside this place, and it is inside of her.

~ from the Polygraphics catalogue, 2016