As I continued to explore the effects of light in water, my creative process evolved to manipulating the interplay between light and shadows, allowing me to show how the refraction phenomenon can be manipulated to create specific patterns of underwater light. Observing the organic quality of light refractions, I saw the unpredictable similarities between patterns found in contrasting natural environments like ocean waves and sand ripples, or cracked desert earth and the tempest of a rough sea. In the series Liquid Desert, the result is a paradox: the irony of underwater dessert landscapes born from light, liquid and shadows. An irony that can take us to believe that the same elements exist in completely opposite environments, such as wet and dry. The result is the unique vision of conceptually challenging landscapes that could not possibly exist in any real environment, such as aquatic deserts. This combination gives name to my series Liquid Desert, in which I show how patterns of refracted light can create abstract underwater landscapes. The resulting designs are entirely produced by shadows and light passing through water in motion, then projected onto the surface of the ground. The merger of shadowed elements such as, cacti, rocks and other structures, with the
addition of the light refraction patterns, gives us the sensation of an unreal, underwater space. These environments are initially unreal to our eyes, yet we can perceive them as real, because they are populated by familiar elements. The different intensity in shadows and colors gives a textured sensation and an intense sense of depth, bringing the unreal landscape to life and offering what would be the vision of an underwater oasis. Liquid Desert was shown for the first time in a solo exhibition in New York City, in 2013. In May 2015, the same body of work was exhibited in the International Design Exhibition, Index Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.