91 x 61 cm | 33 x 22 in
Limited edition colour photograph on photographic paper. Total edition of 6.
"A shot of enthusiasm through brilliant, blue crystalline waters. She makes her impression on the quiltwork of patterns, swirls, and intense hues of blue that surround her. Ripples flow from her body as she glides and her feet burst with the summertime energy of an explosive splash. Vibrant energy bursts from this image with the electric blue colours.
Water has been used in art as a broad metaphor for interconnectedness and more specifically for carnal desire, with nymphs and sirens that lure sailors. There are more molecules of water in a single glass than there are glasses of water in the oceans. Every bit of water we come in contact with has one molecule that has also touched Cleopatra, Zenobia, and Helen of Troy. If there are mermaids, we are connected to them, too.
Her exuberance occupies two worlds: the agitated surface, white and blurry, and the still, quiet clear below.
Her posture is tranquil, head back, indulging in leisure and fun. Her face and hand break the surface, the rest of her body partially obscured by the water. Her curves turn ghostly beneath the surface, simultaneously revealed and concealed, a sense of fleeting sensuality. A light blue shadow gently outlines the left side of her figure."
An unapologetic celebration of the female form, the art of A K Nicholas invites the viewer to explore a dreamlike world. Photography is simply a starting point on this journey to an unknown destination. The themes reference, both in homage and critique: hedonism, patriarchy, commercialism, tradition, and strength. This chosen perspective of beauty is neither overwrought with eroticism nor obligated to modesty. To explore a genre, we must change it by contributing something new; competence, ideas, and passion alone are not enough. Always at ease with visual expression, as a second generation artist, childhood included exposure to galleries and museums in dozens of countries. Although formally trained in painting and drawing, he chose photography as best suited to convey his ideas.