Taken by the Tide
Thoughtfully accumulated, captured and created over the course of a tumultuous decade or so, this brooding series reflects on the artist’s relationship to ‘home’. The images are at times delicate and vulnerable, with rare subjects isolated in shadow, seemingly enveloped by an inhospitable world. At times the light or a spectre seems to encourage us to follow deeper into the scene, only to realise we are chasing something too elusive to fully experience. Walking the line between fact and fiction the images resemble both the artist’s memories of home and the strange, unrecognisable lands that surround her.
“Feeling alienated and as though the few remaining threads to my native country had come undone, I spent years drifting in search of a new place to call home. This has led me to explore the challenges of shaping a new identity as an immigrant in a fragmented world, and what it means to belong somewhere. The work is a reached hand towards the generations who came before me, to better understand generational trauma, the hopes and fears that have echoed through me for decades.” – Maria Lax, 2023
Taken by the Tide presents a world where the familiar appears alien, and crashing waves from the rising tide pull one further out into an open sea of loneliness. At times threatening to swallow the viewer whole, the series is not completely without hope. The work seeks to find solace in the liminal place between our world and the unknown lands of eternity.
A unique voice within the industry, Maria Lax continues to lead and influence a generation of her contemporaries with her compelling image making. This series is another example of her meticulous and innovative approach to storytelling.
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