If you could shape your own reality, what would its landscapes look like? The work of Australian 3D artist Mae (Eniosta) invites us to explore her answer to that question. With its tranquil waters, dancing trees, multicoloured grasses and flower-shaped mountains, she builds a picture of serenity. I wanted to highlight this piece for a number of reasons. First, to (re)introduce you to this artist’s wonderful work, an example of how imaginative minds can literally mould pixels into the foundation of what could be described as a dream. Mae’s oeuvre has the unique power of offering a safe haven from the aggressive violence of earthly existence, an invitation, as she puts it, to escape the chaos of our minds. Perhaps for that reason none of her works are inhabited by creatures or beings, we as the audience have the privilege of being the sole visitor underneath her pinkly tinted skies. But it’s not a lonely journey in these imagined worlds, as its nature feels very much alive, evidenced not in the least by these petal shaped cliffs. Another reason why I felt to highlight this piece, is the message the artist posted when she shared it with her audience on twitter.
The sad fact is that she almost didn’t, as she thought it would be something only she herself would like and the viewers wouldn’t. Luckily for us, she overcame that fear of rejection, but it exemplifies the fragility of an artist’s creative process. I think most people don’t realise how frightening it can be to share your work with the world, to open up a piece of your soul to ridicule or indifference. It takes a great deal of courage to overcome that barrier and I often wonder how many artists haven’t explored new ideas or shared interesting pieces, just for the fear of not getting appreciated for it or these days not getting the right number of algorithmically driven likes. It shows how important a supportive environment is and as someone who absolutely loves flower shaped mountains, I wanted to use this platform to share a work that the artist was unsure about but chose to take that leap of faith to make it public anyway.