Water and waves have always had a fascination for humans, and the myth of King Canute was one of the earliest I learnt.  I am additionally fascinated by the incorrect reading of the legend - the common belief that Canute was a deluded, power-mad monarch trying (and failing) to demonstrate his supernatural powers by stopping the incoming tide.  Instead, he was a wise and humble king, demonstrating to his courtiers that his own secular power was nothing compared to the power of God.  I utilise this myth, using female figures who demonstrate the unstoppable power of nature to us, the viewer, and man's impotence against natural forces.  Alternatively, the work can be read as the figure warning we humans to protect our valuable seas and lands.