Blue is a photographic series exploring renaissance depictions of the cycles of life and death through deities, in stoic performances of beauty, awash in lush velvet waters. Looking towards Western historical decadence and moralizing imagery, Aiden overturns ecclesiastical narratives and motions towards the embrace of complex, tenderized masculinities. In a play of sensuality, the performance of antiquated ideals of body, gesture, and colour meet with a contemporized understanding of those bodies that, atypical of tradition, flourish in queer performances of divinity.
Within this series, the lens of the camera bonds internal spaces of contemplation with historically deified figures of beauty and divine feminine energy, as a means of disrupting the presuppositions of those bodies that house such sacred qualities. Blue swims between death and birth against an outpouring of doctrinal images in a profound refutation of the idealized incarnate.