In her more recent work Victoria Fernandez has simplified her approach to form compared with her earlier staged, more theatrical photographs. 'Into the wood' and 'Ophelia', works from the late-1990s, are representative of this shift, the focus now upon the mysterious and strange within the natural environment. While the move to black-and-white photography from colour allows for a play between dark and light - and therefore the metaphors associated with both - Fernandez's concerns remain the same. She is fascinated with the evocative nature of the relationship between good and evil, exaltation and brutality. The symbolism associated with the way through a forest path or a lone black horse suggests something beyond the ordinary - an implied narrative perhaps, as cinematic as it is mythological.
gelatin silver photograph
42.0 x 52.3 cm image [irreg.]; 50.5 x 60.7 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. sheet, pencil 'VF 97'
Purchased with funds provided by the Photography Collection Benefactors' Program 2000
Not on display
© Victoria Fernandez