The Cochlea series represent tiny jewel-like sea snail shells recovered
from the Welsh coastline. Each is painted one hundred times their
original size. These insignificant creatures spend their lives clinging to
black rocks in freezing waters mostly hidden from view. Yet, their shells
are rich in colour and variety for seemingly little or no purpose. Their
portraiture on this grand scale elevates them from miserable molluscs to
creatures of iconic stature. This is supported by their symbolic
importance - representing the Resurrection, fertility and the womb.