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Sublime  •  10 September 2021  •  Showcase

Her Exalted Creation

By Samara Robertson
Content Warning: Nudity

These artworks are inspired by a facet of our big wide world I find to be utterly raw‭, ‬absolutely unfiltered‭, ‬and undoubtedly vast‭; ‬our ocean‭.‬

I am overcome by its ferocity‭.‬

I must surrender to its mercilessness‭.‬

I begin to count to ten and‭... ‬go mushy‭. ‬By seven‭, ‬I succumbed to ataraxy‭.‬

“It’s a graceful collapse into euphoria‭...‬

Solace for the self‭.‬”

My favourite place to visit is a five-minute walk from my house‭. ‬To get there‭, ‬I go along my street‭, ‬round the bend‭, ‬down the steps‭, ‬across the road‭, ‬and through the slightly overgrown pathway‭.‬

No cars or public transport necessary‭.‬

I don’t need to wear shoes in the city‭ ‬—‭ ‬in fact‭, ‬shoes are probably discouraged‭. ‬The floor is not appropriate for that‭, ‬because it moves beneath your feet‭.‬

Sometimes the city’s main attraction is too aggressive and must be closed for the day‭. ‬It stands too tall‭, ‬roars too loudly‭, ‬and even holds people‭ ‬beneath it so they cannot breathe‭.‬

The other half of the city is always open‭; ‬it’s smooth to touch‭, ‬warmed by the sun and creates anonymous trails of wonder‭.‬

Throughout the day‭, ‬people exercise in the city‭ ‬—‭ ‬no memberships required‭. ‬From early morning until dusk‭, ‬people walk‭, ‬run‭, ‬and play‭. ‬It’s popular to exercise on large planks of fiberglass‭, ‬shaped like leaves‭. ‬When people bring these boards‭, ‬they often spend hours‭ ‬upon hours being pushed by the forces of glassy moving mountains‭.‬

The best part of the city is its creator‭. ‬

She constantly keeps everything functioning and rarely produces a gloomy day‭. ‬Even with the dullest of skies‭, ‬she unceasingly provides freedom for movement‭.‬

Today my sister and I are going to the city together‭. ‬She wants to read‭, ‬relax in the fresh air‭, ‬and I want to write a story about the great wen‭.‬

We have walked along my street‭, ‬round the bend‭, ‬down the steps‭, ‬across the road‭, ‬through the slightly overgrown pathway‭. ‬

Now sitting in one another’s silent company‭, ‬we face the city’s main attraction‭, ‬livid‭, ‬because we did not bring our fiberglass planks and now cannot join the thirty or so black dots clumped‭ ‬in the far-left outer break‭, ‬taking turns to emerge and progress across the creator’s ride‭.

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