“Really respect the dignity in what you are doing, the message, you may not know the message, but just keep applying yourself and do it from the heart.”

Lux Eterna was birthed when there was this pull and push between the light body and the earth body, that is connected to the personal, spiritual and psycho-spiritual journey, of the woman behind the name.

Lux Eterna speaks the, ‘The Language of Light,’ a photographer, educator and a multi-disciplinary artist, residing in the creative hub that is Newtown.

“Lux Eterna, that’s me, it’s definitely a she and it is founded in Latin,” Lux said. “I guess it ties back to the appreciation and foundation I have in my own practice, which is classicism.

Lux has created a sanctuary within her studio, a space inducive of creativity, extremely quiet, peaceful and minimal and everything set at right angles.

She would tell you it’s her anal retentiveness, but what you see is a woman who is truly living creatively, a more valued spaced life.

“It’s that integrity of living to my own values. It’s to be at peace with who I am and knowing that I am all that I am ever going to be right now,” Lux said.

“But there are certain things that kind of beckon genetically, this unconscious pull when I hear things like drumming and music, I really just want to dance and let loose. I feel there is something that can be transmuted and healed on that level.”

Through her personal, spiritual and meditative journey, Lux has come to the understanding that art does not have to be brutal to make an impact.

Art and creativity as a language of its own, is able to transcend the everyday, the savagery. To challenge and inspire the audience without the blatant viciousness.

“I’m not one of those people that’s ever going to create a brutally savage piece and I don’t feel that in order to challenge the audience you have to be brutal with them,” Lux said.


“I don’t want to move through life in a really aggressive way. I feel like I am moving quite slow, so I may as well enjoy the journey, I will get there in the end. Working peacefully is really important to me.”

Many young creatives who have come out of an educational institution, may believe that in order to make an impact and become relevant, art has to be in your face and brutal. There is something beautiful in subtlety and gentleness.

“I like the idea of beauty and aesthetic, this sense of calm and peacefulness. There is a meditative quality to my work,” Lux said.

“Less is always more and there is a real beauty in simplicity. I think genius is simplicity, it’s actually being able to reduce something to its basic quintessence that is where the genius lies.”

Lux Eterna has arrived to a point where she wants to confront her audience with this idea of narcissism and feminine beauty and how that’s perceived.

“I want to challenge people with this idea of narcissism. This idea of being in love with the image of the self and not the self,” Lux said.

“We are becoming more one dimensional, this idea of the copied of the copied of the copy, the eternally copied beings.”

Inspired by the beauty of humanity, telling stories, death and decay and how we go from living beings to bones stripped of flesh and identity and this sense of self.

“There’s been a desire to move to telling a story as I get older. I feel the world needs more stories and not just the usual suspects,” Lux said.

Recently, Lux Eterna has been up in Port Stevens collecting the bones of dead birds and bird nests that she found on the dunes.

She has also been collecting extracted human teeth and hopes to incorporate these teeth into her fine art, if she could collect enough.

“I want to juxtapose this to the idea of feminine beauty. This idea that women are affectionately known as, ‘birds,’ which isn’t a nice thing. And so the symbol of death and decay and the lifecycle is a very feminine one,” Lux said.

“There is a lifecycle, but that lifecycle is not allowed to be played out in fashion and beauty photography.”

“We don’t get to see that journey of women age anymore, we don’t get to appreciate it. Things like values, compassion, kindness and wisdom have disappeared from this day and age that celebrates youthful beauty.”

Last year, Lux Eterna had her first solo photographic exhibition titled, ‘The Bird Bones Series,’ in Surry Hills, whereby, she challenged the idea of feminine beauty and the way women are photographed.

“I had images of models with their ears closed, wearing masks or playing around with the whole mouth and orifice in a different way rather than a suggestive way. It was images of women doing these things that we don’t associate with femininity,” Lux said.

“I also introduced the idea of narcissism. I had people look at themselves in the mirror and I got them to write down their ideas of narcissism. It was quite confronting, many avoided the idea of narcissism.”

Lux Eterna has two exhibitions planned sometime during this year. She is hoping to further develop her bird bones collection and turn that into a full solo exhibition, incorporating the bird nests that she found.

As part of her research into Sacred Geometry, she hopes to create more embossing’s and different patterns and geometric abstractions, to be part of an exhibition titled, ‘Dark Matter,’ which she hopes to develop further into a solo exhibition.

“I borrowed a book called ‘The Universe’ it was the photographic images all the way from the sun out to dark matter, which is infinite, it’s endless,” Lux said.

“The whole idea of my work, it’s reflective, when you look at these dark reflective matter and see yourself in these shapes that contain, apparently, cosmic truths and sacred information for us that we put into out DNA.”

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Lux is working on abstraction and playing around with them and moving parts of them and seeing what the end result will be.

This series is very dear to her, as part of her own spiritual journey, she stumbled across these when she had a really deep and profound meditative practice a couple of years ago.

“A lot of these symbols would come to me in the meditation,” Lux said.

Lux Eterna has been an artist educator for a decade now and feels that her time as an educator is not over yet. In a high school education system where importance is placed on logic. Creativity just gets neglected until it is lost.

“I really enjoy working with young people. I find youths to be really beautiful humans, they are really awesome to work with and to educate,” Lux said.

Lux Eterna likes the idea of poetry and has been moved by poetry quite a lot in her life. Having written poetry herself that arose out of moments of moments of pure nothingness, she hopes to combine that with photography.

“I would like to collaborate with a poet or poets and create short moving image pieces where I can combine the words with the visuals,” Lux said.

For many young creatives, your journey is going to be different to others, for some it will be a slow process and for others it will be a fast one.

“Do not compare yourself to other people, preserve your dignity in your own work,’ Lux said.

“Really respect the dignity in what you are doing, the message, you may not know the message, but just keep applying yourself and do it from the heart.”

To find out more about Lux Eterna and to gain an insight into who she is an artist rather than a commercial photographer, go to her website http://www.luxeterna.tv/ and read her blog.

If you are out and about and see Lux Eterna, say hello, you might find yourself seated on the floor of her studio, having a cup of tea and sharing a bowl of sugar plums, having a chat about life, death, narcissism and connecting on a human level, before sending you off with a heart to heart hug.

“Nothing is forever, but in the same breath, we are unborn and we are dying, nothing really ends, nothing is really finite,” Lux said.

“It doesn’t mean that once I am finished from here that my work will stop, it just keeps going and it’s not mine, it’s just work that I have decided to tap into for this lifetime.”