Follow Your Soul is the title of Eliza Cabassoun’s new exhibition of photography and art now open at LEA6 as part of the Linden Endowment for the Arts Full Sim Arts series sponsored by the University of Western Australia (UWA).
The exhibition features a mixture of Eliza’s physical world photography, her Second Life photography and sculptures, and her poetry. It is very much a personal piece, although one with a message for everyone, as reflected in Eliza’s own words usefd to introduce it:
Everyone has a place where they found their soul. This is where I found mine. I found mine in a cabin by a lake where the fog rises in the morning into the mountains like a warm blanket. I began writing novels here and taking photos here. Nature can bring forth great inspiration, simply from towering trees or just the midnight sounds of tree frogs and rain hitting a tin roof … This lake is where I followed my soul to realize I have two gifts–writing and photography–and a part of my soul will always be here.
The Lake is represented by the flooded centre of the region and features a central island topped by a rounded pavilion, connected to the shore by a long wooden bridge. The cabin Eliza writes about is represented by a LAQ cottage, which serves as the landing point for visitors and the teleport point for reaching other elements of the exhibit.
From the cottage, one can follow a path around the periphery of the lake, viewing Eliza’s physical world photography along the way, the path bordered on either side by easels displaying her work, the very ground beneath them displaying the stanzas of her poem Follow Your Soul. Some of the images on the easels also form backdrops for her poetry, while scattered among the easels are some of Eliza’s SL sculptures.
The walk around the lake has a slightly seasonal feel to it, with some of the trees coloured in the reds and yellows of autumn, their leaves falling gently to the ground and others – while admitting they are fir trees – are a rich green and suggestive of summer. There’s even a section where the ground is covered with snow, and pictures here all of a decidedly wintry theme.
The teleport system will carry you up to the poetry garden, where there are make images of Eliza’s photographs forming backdrops to her poems, many of which will undoubtedly strike a chord or two in the hearts of those reading them. The teleporters also provide access to a small gallery of Eliza’s SL photography, which should not be missed during a visit.
- Follow your Soul, LEA6 (Rated: Moderate)