Image: No. 1

Alchemy Oliver
No. 1

from Innocence of Paradise series
colour inkjet print
69.5 x 44.0 cm irreg (image), 84.0 x 61.0 cm (sheet)
Wesley College, Melbourne
I wanted to explore the mystical elusive states of innocence and paradise. Both states are entwined by naive purity and eventually eroded by the harsh reality of age, corruption and abuse. I wanted to capture the meeting of these states: innocence is a condition of mind and paradise is a condition of location. Although indefinable in content, both reflect the constant struggle the individual has searching for a heavenly paradise. This connection can be transient, comfortable or impossible. My piece represents an innocent that escapes her reality and finds her paradise.