Kiwi takes on the world

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Two years of be­ing a fi­nal­ist in the por­trait sec­tion of Syd­ney’s Head On Photo Fes­ti­val has set Kiwi photographer Cathy Carter up for even more in­ter­na­tional suc­cess, as her work re­cently trav­elled all the way to New York to be a part of the ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tled Out from Down Un­der and Be­yond: Fine Art from Australia and New Zealand shown at Agora Gallery. The ex­hi­bi­tion closed on June 9, but Carter’s plans don’t end there — the works will also travel to Paris to be shown later in 2016 at the Moa­room, where works from New Zealand’s lead­ing de­sign­ers are show­cased to a Euro­pean au­di­ence.

The photographs that Carter showed in New York, and which will head to Paris, are from her se­ries Oceanids Rising. The three im­ages — ti­tled Sub­merged, Sus­pended 2, and He­sione #1 — ex­plore re­la­tion­ships to bod­ies of wa­ter.

“My prac­tice is crit­i­cally con­cerned with wa­ter in all its forms and per­mu­ta­tions. Our re­la­tion­ship to wa­ter car­ries our pri­mal ori­gins as well as cul­tural, so­cial, and po­lit­i­cal per­spec­tives. The re­la­tion­ship be­tween our hu­man body and bod­ies of wa­ter is one as­pect of my prac­tice. I’m acutely con­scious of wa­ter as cen­tral to our be­ing. In all my work, I’m invit­ing the viewer to em­bark upon a sub­mer­sive experience, con­nect­ing to the fluid na­ture of our be­ing, and in­ner and ex­ter­nal worlds,” Carter ex­plained.

Agora Gallery has de­scribed Carter’s fo­cus as: “con­vey[ing] a sense of oth­er­world­li­ness in wa­ter as a medium and the ocean as ge­o­graph­i­cal fea­ture”. The hu­man in­clu­sions in Carter’s im­ages com­mu­ni­cate the dif­fer­ing per­cep­tions that wa­ter can evoke, the way in which wa­ter can be ter­ri­fy­ing as well as the way it can be com­fort­ing.

To ex­plore more of Carter’s work, visit cathy­carter­

He­sione #1

Sus­pended 2


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