Introducing ‘Bodies of Water’, a new solo exhibition by photographer Belle Stewart

Bodies of Water’ represents the poetry of women’s bodies.

Water becomes a canvas for the unspoken, where innermost experiences find expression through the language of fluidity.

Each woman creates her own narrative expressing motion and emotion as she responds to the water around her.

Like the moon’s gravitational pull on the tides, we too, are inextricably linked to the rhythms of nature.

Water cradles us in our mothers’ wombs and continues through the pivotal moments of a woman’s existence.

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Belle Stewart

Award-winning fashion and portrait photographer, international fashion stylist, image-maker, and former fashion photography teacher at RMIT, Belle Stewart, presents her second solo show, ‘Bodies of Water’.

Inspiration came during a brief trip to visit family in the hinterlands near Byron Bay during the pandemic when Melbourne-based Belle Stewart and her teenage son found themselves locked out of Victoria for months. Due to poor wifi on the rainforest property, homeschooling became daily surf lessons, feeding the chooks, tending the horses and making art. Yet there were also moments of guilt as her family and friends remained locked down.

Bathing a nearby waterfall alone became a daily morning calming ritual for Stewart. Cradled in the womb of a freshwater hole at the bottom of the falls, she experienced absolute solitude and stillness.

The ability of water to inspire calm, creativity and growth in times of uncertainty provided Stewart with inspiration and reassurance. Beyond the water itself, Stewart reflected on womanhood, fertility, the phases of the moon and our collective connection to water.

Captured in the Northern Rivers of NSW and Bayside Melbourne, ‘Bodies of Water’ quietly observes, rather than orchestrates, the movements of Stewart’s subjects (all friends of the artist) as they find their own personal narrative in the solitude of water. Water becomes a canvas for the unspoken, where innermost experiences find expression through the language of fluidity.


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Host | Glowing Structures

Glowing Structures is a passionate team of internationally award winning designers, creating bespoke and architectural lighting designs and installations for the built environment.

Of the many facets of design we are involved in, the creative lighting of art, form and sculpture is an area we are extremely passionate about. In February 2022 Glowing Structures launched what we believe is a world first creative art gallery celebrating light.

The Gallery is a place in which local artists and designers can collaborate to use the tools of light to enhance and embellish both art and everyday pieces alike.

Explore ways in which the characteristics of form, texture and colour are enhanced, maximising the potential of each piece through the use of a bespoke lighting solution.

We showcase various artists, lighting techniques and creative concepts and welcome all creatives and visitors to experience the gallery and explore how lighting can be used to alter one’s perception of a space or piece. A place where trial and error are part of the journey, having fun and celebrating light and new discoveries!