There’s something otherworldly about water. That it makes up a large proportion of our body does nothing to make it less fascinating to us or to quash our suspicion that it doubles as a portal to another realm.
Love you to death, the newest exhibition from Sydney-based photographer Annabelle Gaspar goes some way towards addressing this. Gaspar, who owes her ethereal images to an evolving underwater photography practice, has made it her mission to suspend her subjects in water and chart the resulting interplay of stillness, movement and light. A figure reaches for the ocean floor, a trail of silver ripples recurring in the diaphanous folds of her skirt. Elsewhere, a pair of men with arms outstretched might remind the viewer of the unsettling sensation of a half-remembered dream, but their interlocking bodies hint at an earthly sensuousness, captured in lush brushstrokes by Caravaggio.
For Gaspar, water – mysterious, threatening and life-giving – is not just a medium, it’s the message itself.
Love you to death runs from Tuesday April 8 to Sunday April 27 from 10am to 6pm.
Black Eye Gallery 138 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst (02) 8084 7541