Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut

Layla Love

This photographic series was taken in the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá outside Bogotá, Colombia, in collaboration with artist Alex Sastoque – the most renowned living artist of Colombia. We traveled two miles deep into the earth where we proceeded to paint the woman featured in the photograph while local shamans were creating prayers and offerings for our visit to the Cathedral. The eyes painted above the woman’s eyes are to suggest that even with our eyes closed, we are always seeing, always looking, always aware. The golden sheen on her hands and accents on her neck are to remind us that our bodies are precious temples and that as human beings we hold the power of free will and alchemy.

Unique edition. Love traveled to Bogotá, Colombia, where she took this photograph. Throughout her career, Love has maintained that art can transform even raw emotion into something beautiful, something inherently powerful. This picture helps to tell a story of global politics, human relations, spirituality and abstraction, as key themes that run through Love’s work.

Cyanotype print, 2020

16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 51 cm.)


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About Layla Love

Layla Love’s art aims to illuminate the human consciousness. She captures life as a series of adventures and expeditions into the unknown, returning always with a greater sense of what it means to be human. Having been in both foreign prisons and royal palaces she has learned to employ the power of creative force to transcend. Her intention is to illuminate and reveal in the hopes of igniting a spark of activation. After studying journalism and global communications at Richmond International University in London she realized that visual imagery has the greatest impact in our modern communication process., At 21, she began a five-year photojournalism tour to war-torn and compromised region with a focus on the plight of women. Love […]

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