Olivia Parker switched from painting to photography in 1970 and attended Wesley College for Women. Parker mainly arranges her shoot with still life setting, which was influenced by 17th century paintings. She believes the photos of dead matter are an expression of classical ideals whether alive or dead. The connection the artist try’s to make with the viewer is to continue evaluating the purpose of the photo without ever defining where the eye comes to rest.
The three images were chosen to signify the artists’ concept of dead matter as lively matter. Although the peas have been pulled from their stems, the snails have slipped out from their shells, and the octopuses have been extracted from the ocean, the objects still reflect movement of life by the way they have been placed and shot with controlled lighting.