Lauren Semivan is a contemporary photographer whose Observatory series is something else – dark, alchemic, almost theatrical. She stages her photographs using a compilation of objects, drawings and the human presence, working and reworking the image to create her own elegant narrative.
“Science is inherently experiential, as is art making. Knowing and feeling are not separate, and the whole of the environment can be used as a pedagogic instrument. Observatory elegantly draws upon a tension that exists between irrational and physical worlds.
Within each image, ghosts of previous drawings create a sense of time suspended, evoking gesture, atmosphere and memory. Photographs allow me to access the extraordinary, to keep a record of dreams, and to employ the unknown.”