IN THE STUDIO: Deb Achak, Sun in My Mouth

Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York is excited to share Sun in My Mouth, a selection of new photographs by Deb Achak. These photographs are part of an ongoing series in which Achak explores the relationship between people, nature, memories, and energy.

All matter is composed of a combination of energy and light that interacts in unique vibrations with the surrounding environment. Achak investigates the interplay of these frequencies, capturing moments in which energy is made visible.

The photographs explore the visibility of energy through the root chakra, the first of the seven chakras. The root chakra encompasses the first seven years of life, ones family of origin, and the color red.

The first chakra also focuses on a connectedness to nature and the notion of being grounded to the earth. These motifs appear throughout the images, such as in the red skirts of the girls in The Teepee, Mesty and Kalku or the rooted trees of Cherry Blossom and Winter.

However, they are also incorporated in subtler, personal ways, as Achak reflects on her own memories, which inform her process. In Fireworks, the artist’s family is hidden behind the hazy orange glow of light, invisible to the eye, yet tethered to the her as she captures the fireworks’ crackling explosions. Achak utilizes the root chakra as a visual symbol within the works as well as a guide for her artistic approach.

This series depicts either people or nature in deeply sensory moments of visually manifested energy. Since energy is an omnipresent force, the photographs have been taken in a myriad of locations, stretching from familiar places, such as the park where the artist walks her dog, to unknown corners on the other side of the world, like the geothermal baths in Iceland.

While the specific locations are secondary to the moments of light and movement within the images, the range of places highlights the universally constant fluctuations between people and their surroundings. Sun in My Mouth examines ones perception of place in the universe, calling to the forefront what is typically only innately understood.

Images are available in the following sizes:
20 x 30 inches, Edition of 10
30 x 45 inches, Edition of 5
40 x 60 inches, Edition of 3

Click here to view more work by Deb Achak