For her first solo exhibition, "Liquid Project," Ortega photographed her female subjects submerged in water. The resulting interplay between water, light, shadows and the female form is nothing short of mesmerizing.
The photos possess an undeniably dreamlike, transportive quality. Also adding to the collection's depth are the different ways the water transmutes light, shape and motion from subject to subject.
While the women being photographed are nude, they are captured in a way that feels organic — the figures are art forms. They are part of the canvas.
Billowy fabric flows around the subjects like languid extensions of the bodies. Their true limbs are suspended in artful angles.
The artist — who cites Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Ansel Adams, Georgia O'Keeffe, Boticelli and El Greco as inspirations — draws from her background in the fashion industry as both a designer and a model to bring out the fine art inherent in the female form.
"Being so influenced by the fashion world and having designed women's wear has given me an appreciation for the female form, which plays a big part in my art," Ortega says on her Kickstarter page. "I love to photograph women because it's a similar representation of how I feel when I am in water."
If you're anything like us, the following pieces from "Liquid Project" will inspire you, reinvigorate you and challenge you to look at the female form in a new light.
"Liquid Project" was showcased in Ortega's first solo exhibition at NH3 Gallery at Splashlight Studios in Manhattan on Oct. 15. To learn more about the series, visit Aloarts.com or follow the artist on Facebook.
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