Offering a nuanced mix of hope and despair, promise and foreboding, ORPHEUS is a series of photographic vignettes created during a Melbourne lockdown reprieve in mid-2021. While invoking a sense of entrapment, this series invites the viewer to move beyond the darkness and towards the light.
Flowers emerging out of darkness, reminiscent of the Dutch masterpieces of the 17th century, are a reminder of the transitory nature of life. Floating alongside the blossoms are jewel-like creatures and shells, dramatically shrouded by golden nets and sheets of suffocating cellophane. Elaborately constructed underwater using shells, fish and flowers, the striking objects emerge from a dark waterscape, to create other-worldly ethereal visuals.
Says Waters: “We are living through an age where our lens on the world must constantly shift and refocus as new ideas, crises, social movements and the natural environment rapidly change. A level of poetic consciousness is required to navigate this new world and at times hopeless landscape.
“Orpheus was a poet, a prophet and a musician in Greek mythology who, at the end of his life, worshipped no god but the sun. For these images, I wanted Orpheus to be a woman who is glistening, oracle-like, asleep on a dark sandscape. The viewer is invited to embrace their own mortality and energy for change simultaneously. To dare to be one’s own illumination—like a transient point of light in a night sky.”
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