In Eden, Melisa Teo continues her exploration of existentialism and the process of creation through a series of self-portraits and images inspired by nature and the Garden of Eden to question our place in the universe.
With this new body of work, the photographer contemplates the concept of a world whose values, meaning and realities are invented purely by the individual through acts of free will. Where each person is themselves the creator of their own universe.
Used to manipulating the camera – an act essential to her fluid and intuitive style – Teo now throws herself into unfamiliar territory by standing in front of it for the first time. She is required to maintain control yet simultaneously surrender it – therefore inviting nature and its capricious forces to intervene, in her relentless pursuit of the eternal moment.
Eden is revealing of Teo’s private world and her preoccupation with life and death as she attempts to capture both the material and spiritual in each image.
This creative process is one of self-discovery, forcing her to wrestle her inner demons, and confront the possibility of a world where man is solely responsible for creating purpose and meaning in life. A world where self-actualization is the key to existence.