Luciana Abait, Light Box Installation, Four Seasons Hotel, 1435 Brickell Ave


Artist’s Statement
Underwater Series is the result of my fascination with Miami’s swimming pools, lifestyle and culture. I believe swimming pools are a main component of Miami’s identity.

Under the surface, my work explores themes of presence and absence through architectural landscapes found underwater in swimming pools. Walls, ladders, numbers and lines lose their sense of usefulness to attain a symbolic quality. Swimmers are presented as anonymous simple beings, insect like, moving across vast liquid masses. Light is essential, creating surreal and theatrical atmospheres.

Water is an element commonly connected with concepts of freedom and unrestraint. Swimming pools, by means of walls create boundaries and confinement. My intention is to create engulfing environments that enable the viewer to explore not only themes of presence and absence but also the relationship, tension and limits between inside-out, what they can see underwater and what’s above the surface, subject to their imagination.

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