The work: Eden Diebel, Fire Bird. Photographic print, 110 x 85cm.
Eden Diebel’s eerie yet beautiful compositions leave a lasting and haunting impression. Fire Bird is inspired by the tragedy of the Australian summer bushfires and the devastation caused to the native bird population. Collected wings, feathers and claws are sprayed silver and arranged meticulously to form a new bird-like creature. Using low-light photography and digital manipulation, Eden creates a symmetrical composition. The outcome is striking: a bird bursts forth from the background while a sheen of silver becomes a protective armour; a glittery trail oozes from the wings, the remnants of the last flight. “[The work] is inspired by an article I read,” says Eden, “that described how many birds were being caught in flight, and brought down by the rising flames of the black summer bushfires.” While Eden is interested in discovering new ways of viewing nature through a surrealist lens, what results is a haunting fantasy with tangible roots to reality.