Depths of Black

Depths of Black explores the nocturnal urban landscape for inspiration, Iliana Ortega uses darkness to frame light. Her photographs are layers of pure black pigments, with only a hint of the landscape. Using drill bits, she scratches delicate abstractions into the blackness. The lead of a pencil mark shimmers with light. The white of the paper becomes the foreground when revealed. Iliana states that her ultimate goal is to “uncover the profound relationship between fiction, representation, and reality.” Her abstract drawings are elemental as they seek the beauty and depth of silence.