Flipper Girl – Stop The Rock



The boat ceased to rock.

Flipper Girl snipped ball and anchor and cast away from the sinking of boats rocked.  Minding her own future and sheltering in relatively calm and trouble free aquariums.

To ‘Rock The Boat’ is to cause trouble.  Be a problem.  Upset the way things are – were.  Sometimes boat rocking can happen when we try to change.  Or we tell our truth.  Speak out.  Or from having a different opinion, thoughts, ideas, different experiences that sit outside the realm of what mainstream defines as ‘normal’ – ‘acceptable’.  Flipper Girl represents a state of independence and the knowing of what is hers to take on – and more importantly, what is not.

Sometimes simply standing firm in who we are can cause waves.  The girl cradling her boat might suggest she’s taken the boat firmly into her own hands – taken back control?  Taken responsibility – for herself only, not for others.

You could further divide the boat rocking into two categories.  One, the ‘rocking the boat’ of those around us.  The other, the rocking of our own internal boat.  Our sense of calm and contentment.

Her foggy goggles may suggest things are all that clear right now in this new thing she’s doing. The awkwardness and slowing of movement by wearing flippers; her reliance on a breathing apparatus to catch her breath; may all elude to the degree of difficulty she’s having in achieving, and holding on to, a state of calm and liberation from her previously rocky state?

 Clunk & Jam (2019).


army of ink rock the boat


Handwriting by Mags.  Originally from ‘Rock The Boat’, handmade book.

 Clunk & Jam (2019).