The orphic egg

Maria Denise Dessimoz

In her photo series THE ORPHIC EGG, Maria Denise Dessimoz aims to express the phases of liminality in life. Her idea is based on the mythological motif of the cosmic egg which is found in various cultures and civilizations. Typically, it symbolises the cosmos or some primordial being which comes into existence by ‘hatching’ from the egg. For the artist it becomes also a metaphor for the exploration of the unconscious. Hence, through the spiral pattern of life, the human being transitions through different stages with its final attempt to come closer to the light.

Maria Denise Dessimoz

Made in Germany, born in Greece, and with origins from Switzerland, she was raised in between different countries. After her MSc in environmental engineering, she decided to make a 180° change in her life and pursue a more artistic path.
Photography came to her as an answer to her visual curiosity. Instinct is the leading factor of the whole process guiding her to results that either derive instantly from the mind or just come from external situations. She gets inspiration from myths, eastern philosophies, surreal stories, mysterious places, and uncanny events.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

Somewhere in a forest ( if they still exist)

What is a good design for you?

Something which is pleasing to the eye and transmits the concept

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?


Who or what inspires you?

Nature inspires me

How do you approach a new project?

With instinct

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

Just enjoy

Have you changed during your studies? How?

For sure my perception of things has changed, for the better

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

Because I wanted to learn and evolve as a photographer

What are you not going to miss in your studies?


How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

With a trip back to Greece to visit my friends and of course beers

Say hi!

12 comments in total

Pascal Dessimoz 2022-01-31 19:15:34

Bravo et bonne continuation

Eleni Adespoti 2022-01-31 08:47:24

Μαρία συγχαρητήρια για την εξαιρετική δουλειά σου! Πάντα τέτοια! Keep on searching!

Wera 2022-01-30 19:06:19

Brawoooo reee love yaaaa! ❤️❤️❤️

Lady Kon Kon 2022-01-29 22:29:55

Congrats deniζζζζ!! Superlove 🖤

Tatiana 2022-01-29 21:25:07

έλα ρε Denise τρέλανε τους όλους! τα φιλιά μου και μεγάλη αγκαλιά 💛

Skta 2022-01-29 18:25:30

Υπέροχη δουλειά Μαριω!

Nef 2022-01-29 18:13:36

Hope you find a big forest full of beer trees <3

Cosmi 2022-01-29 09:22:26

Υπέεεροχεςς!! οπως κι εσυ! ελα να πιουμε μπυρεεες! χεχε

I S-F 2022-01-29 01:23:59

Nice work! Also beautiful pairing and arrangement in the last picture. A feeling of awe!

Στέλλα Τρανταλλιδου-Ρασούλη 2022-01-28 23:55:27

Μπράβο! Εξαιρετικές!!!

Στέλλα Τρανταλλιδου Ρασούλη 2022-01-28 23:51:17

Πολλά μπράβο! Εξαιρετικες!!!

Μαρια Φυτρακη -Αννιτσακη 2022-01-28 22:42:29

Τι ομορφη εκπληξη Μαρια!!!!!!Συγχαρητηρια !!!!!!!! πολυ ομορφη ''ανησυχη''και ιδιαιτερη η δουλεια σου!!!!!!! Πολλα μπραβο !!!!!!!Συνεχισε ετσι!!!!!!!!!! Την αγαπη μου απο τα Χανια!!!!!!

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