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Immerse yourself in this watery world

 

A darkened room behind a heavy black curtain in a gallery adds something of the anticipation  you feel at the cinema or in a theatre as the lights go down, heightening  the usual anticipation of an art show. And typically the artist working in this space strives for immersion – the viewer's in the artist's work. How apt this context for Suzi Lyon's work, Looking for Turtles. And how refreshing, invigorating – like a plunge into a deep pool –  to experience work of this nature in Alice Springs where digital media and installation continue to be relatively rare.

You don't need Lyon's evocative artist's statement (but do read it, at least afterwards) to understand, immediately, that this is a work about longing for transformative, transporting experience, to be taken out of the everyday.

All but one of her images – taken with a disposable camera – show the human figure or figures underwater, mostly not in conventional diving or swimming actions, but fully engaged nonetheless in moving through water. The freezing of this movement inscribes the images with a passionate expressiveness and intense physicality – arms and legs outstretched, hands and feet extended, backs arched, muscles clenched. You only normally see the human body as expressive as this in dance or sport or sex or dreams. KIERAN FINNANE reviews.

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