Atema often deals in water. We live on a water planet, we ourselves literally made of it.
And it is the ocean, more than anything, that gives Atema's work it’s connection to place and scale. When we see this work it has a way of taking the long view, hovering between worlds and time -----> pushing through the noise to connect the dots.
A close scrutiny and connection to nature becomes as vital to one's own personal well being, as it is to the ultimate success of humans on Earth.
There are other themes and characters that embody this unique work such as evaporation, jellyships, oil rigs, spitting diamonds, volcanos, sea rise, seed pods, and the number 3.