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Breathtaking Paintings Right Below the Water’s Surface

Californian artist Erika Craig paints extraordinary images of women submerged in water, deep in thought. Though one can only imagine what these pensive ladies are thinking, there is an unmistakable connection between the subjects and their environment. Water has transformative qualities that extends beyond visual distortion. The natural mirror effect of the element forces one to self-reflect.

Craig draws a beautiful link between man and nature in this tranquil underwater series of portraits. She says, “In nature, I see the essence of truth and beauty. As people disconnect from nature, they lose a vital understanding. We become preoccupied with the mundane, obsessed with tiny details of our daily lives, restless and struggling for meaning. Forgetting how small we are and how little we control. How strange it is to even exist.”

Ironically, each of Craig's underwater paintings exhibit a moment to catch one's breath and disconnect from vanity. The series presents an astute representation of a meditative trance in which one can simply float, welcoming the ripples and refracted light to redefine your physical image.

Erika Craig website
Erika Craig on deviantART


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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