Symbolism of the past to highlight issues of the future.
Drawing inspiration from the mythology of angels, Ariella's Tears (2018) is a photographic story piece illustrating the archangel who governs the natural world. The figure acts as a liaison between humanity and the elements.
The completed image is deliberately staged in a renaissance style to mimic the grandness of the oversized paintings produced during that time. The angel clutches herself while gazing into the distance; this depicts her future fears about what may happen to our world. The skies represent our environment, the dark and violent colours on the left are overtaking the lighter dawning skies on the right, exemplifying the turning point in our planet’s overall health. The inclusion of the other angels in the background symbolises the eternal struggle that has been taking place about the environment; the cooperation of humanity is imperative as heaven alone cannot save our world.
The overall aim of this work is to present this dilemma in a mythological and imaginative way that enables the audience to be mindful and contemplate the future health of the planet.