“The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else’s lake
You dream about going up there
But that is a big mistake
Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things surround you
What more is you lookin’ for?”
This song was playing on repeat in my head while going through the spectacular photography collection of the Cesere Brothers. They have always been ocean aficionados and anyone who has enjoyed a day in the ocean, a daydream about the sea or smiled when seeing an image of a sea creature, will undoubtedly fall in love with their body of work.
Growing up in Arizona was torture for a girl with a mermaid’s soul. There was nothing on this planet that I longed for more than the blue of the sea. Sometimes you’re just born more saltwater in your body than others. So, it’s easy to relate to the imagery of the Cesere brothers, because they clearly know what I mean. Their life’s ambition was to get closer to the water, to get beneath it and to build a life around it. Mine, too. When I was reading their bio they mentioned that even their school papers were about ocean-related topics. I also spoke and wrote entirely of ocean-related themes whenever I was given the freedom. I wrote a biography report on the world champion surfer, Kelly Slater, as well as an 8-page discussion on the effects that the overfishing was going to have on our planet. I got an F because it wasn’t related to the assignment that I was given. However, 18 years later we can all see that it was A+ material. When my art teacher told me to paint something more serious instead of my usual homages to childhood favorite artist, Christian Reese Lassen, I did an acrylic painting of a mermaid getting eaten by a shark. It’s called, “The Last Mermaid”, I thought I’d put the debate to an end as to where the mermaids went. After rigorous training on the volleyball court, I’d come home to my 800 page Marine Biology book and study the scientific names of thousands of species that lived beneath the water line that divides our world from theirs. I don’t think I retained as many as I would’ve liked but I was the only blonde girl in Scottsdale who knew how to pronounce humuhumunukunukuapua’a. Even my close friend was a girl who was from Maui and I would make her and Aunty tell me all the stories about this far away fantasy land called Hawaii and talk to me in a foreign language called pidgin. I love the ocean, and love, it’s something you can’t deny. It’s what defines who we are as humans on this planet and unites us to the things that matter most to our hearts. I love the artwork of Cesere Brothers because it takes me to that mermaid cave deep down in my soul that is the most beautiful and happiest place I know, to a place that I love.
What most artists don’t know, is how far their art goes, how much it can do for this world. In a world where so many things can break your heart, art can make your heart. The world will always be full of yearning souls that need to gasp at a breaching whale or to smile at a silly clownfish. There will always be someone who just wants to hold their breath underwater for a moment, remove themselves from the demands of their physical existence and float with the spiritual creatures of the deep blue sea. Artists who take risks and pursue their dreams to bring us this beautiful imagery, they’re superheroes in their own right.
I hope everyone finds their art soul mate, I truly believe that there is the right piece out there for everyone. When you’re doing what you love it is no longer something you do, it’s something you are.
I love selling art and I am so honored and excited to represent two of the most talented photographers in the world, John and Dan Cesere. Let’s all go for a swim with them!