Ultra Violet Lair - Art duo based in Sydney - Ana and Magenta

Artist's Statement

Ana is interested in blurring the relationships currently existing between imagination and reality. Ana’s mindset takes her to pathways unseen by others, as it’s her Ultra Violet Lair. There are no boundaries. The gates are permanently held open by the official guards, sunflowers with doll like eyes. They speak of other creative adventures revisited by Ana where nature, old architecture and hints of yesteryear organically coalesce into one. Ana’s interpretation is brought to the table from a wallpaper perspective. It’s a merry-go-round that Ana’s inner child has made clear, she never wants it to end.

Ana started her creations during pregnancy, she needed an out from indescribable nerve pain. Ana decided to switch off the light for pain and on for creativity. Ana’s path was made in concrete. Her ‘Mannequin a day’ project replaced the blah with neon lit adventures. Styling ‘Magenta’ mannequin, taking her to parks, cemeteries and random haunts that met Ana’s criteria for one hell of a good background. Once the lights flashed green, Magenta in place, set design, photography all dusted, to later editing and uploading the ‘one’ to Instagram. This concept was adapted by Noah Scalin’s ‘Skull-a-day’.

Inspiration for Ana, stems back to Ed Kienholz & Aubrey Beardsley. Kienholz, for the hands on spectacular works such as ‘The Merry-Go-World or Begat by Chance and the Wonder Horse Trigger’ and ‘The Hoerengracht’ a life-size installation of the red-light district in Amsterdam (in collaboration with his wife Nancy Reddin Kienholz). Beardsley, for equally mind blowing works, however on paper.

Art costume process
Queen of Hearts headpiece
in the limelight

Venture down the rabbit hole to find some process into the makings to Magenta’s ‘Queen of Hearts’ headpiece to her costume.

Next, I’m thinking of making a basic headpiece out of star ice cube container(s) and paper mâché for a quirky serpentine head. Bending the ice cube container reminded me of Bjork, earlier in her career when she rocked her hair up in elastic ball shapes came to mind.

Idea to make the serpentine kind of costume, came from the original Alice in Wonderland book. One page features Alice being questioned by think a talking bird stating that she is a serpentine. Image to go has Alice with a particularly long neck, I’m going to use via Photoshop this part with an old clock at different angles. I work quite organically so things don’t always end up as I originally anticipated. So please check in down the garden path!

Read our Story

Ultra Violet Lair is found down the rabbit hole, where vines cover up and lead pathways to our imagination. This ever-changing lair, our sanctuary, is shared by Ana and Magenta. We, the inhabitants play our parts, planting the seeds, weeding through art materials, clothes, vintage dolls and toys to make a surreal hideaway we’d rather quite like to escape into. Read more about us here.