Eva Fernández is a photographic artist. Born in Canada of Spanish parents, Fernández arrived in Australia twenty years ago. In this time she has lived on the east and west coasts, and is now based in Perth. Despite twenty years here, she claims she is still an ‘outsider’ who continually sees her environment anew. To her eyes, the native plants, animals and light are an enigma, and the stains of colonialism are apparent. There is an archaeological element to Fernández's work: she collects discarded objects in order to unearth the narratives of lives past and possibly forgotten, and to examine the frailty of life that precedes death. The absence of a background in many of her images denies the viewer clues as to where the object may be situated, thus forcing them to imagine what may have been, an exercise that cannot be divorced from the viewer's own narrative. The result is rich, suggestive and seductive, but also unsettling and disorientating.