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I started this ongoing series based on my sorrow about the almost inevitable loss of the coral reefs. The notion of not being able to protect this amazingly rich underwater jungle with its abundant variety of different species nor to share that wonder of life with future generations breaks my heart.
Playing around with some flowers in an underwater setting, I realized how they turned into stunning creature-like beings. I started dreaming a life-sustaining future imagining that plants contribute to a new form of underwater life.
That’s how I turned my grief into agency with this ongoing art project. I am still full of awe about this unfamiliar yet impressive beauty.
The title octopus garden refers to the Beatles: Childhood memories of this song came up looking at my underwater geranium perennial which reminded me of tentacles.
One image reminds me of that moment within the never-ending story, where Bastian saves Phantasien and creates a whole new world, and everything starts to grow from scratch. And I think about humanity acting like the nothingness in this book, erasing everything. I think about nature evolving like it always does. I think about our connection to the natural world and a needed shift of consciousness, culture and myth that Joseph Campell described so brilliantly.
I am so delighted this series is already awarded!
PHOTOLUCIDA Critical Mass 2022 Finalist ( I am still over the moon!)
17th POLLUX Awards 2022 – Winner series // cell phone (amateurs)
CHROMATIC Awards 2021 – Winner Environmental (amateurs)
18th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards 2022 – Honorable Mentions
18th POLLUX Awards 2022 – Honorable Mentions
FAPA 2022 Fine art photography awards – Fine art | Nominee (amateurs)
IPA 2021 International photography awards – Honorable Mentions
An exhibition in Barcelona 2022 October!
I am over the moon, the Octopus Garden will be part of the BARCELONA FOTO BIENNALE presenting the Pollux Awards and the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards at FOTO NOSTRUM GALLERY from October 13 – October 30, 2022.
There is a wonderful interview about it at spectaculum magazine aswell!
I am so honoured to be chosen as cover artist of HUMANA OBSCURA MAGAZINE issue #04 with my image SPHERE.
And so very pleased about being among the selected artists of the 14th Anniversary Issue #157 of FRACTION MAGAZINE with my image LOST IN TRANSLATION.
I am so proud and delighted that I can contribute to a life-sustaining future with this series at ARTISTS FOR ECOCIDE LAW. And even more delight to see my artwork next to adored film director Mika Kaurismäki!
You may want to discover more images of this series on my instagram @_ma_vida.