Melbourne based artist Lilli Waters seeks to present not only an evocative image, but a strange and sometimes dark narrative, an intermingling of haunting backgrounds and landscapes combined with romantic notions.
“There’s a lot to expose in terms of the way we have internalised sexism and sexualised aggression. I feel like as a photographer I am a witness to women’s conditioning, and I’m trying to offer a different perspective. In my work I want to awaken a preferable alternative. My message is therefore transformative, supporting a questioning of the norm.”
“The windswept drama of the carefully composed, haunting landscapes of Melbourne-based Lilli Waters (b.1983) is interspersed with predominantly female figures whose incandescent skin, enshrouded in jewel-toned fabrics and illuminated by firelight, offsets the water-logged darkness of their surroundings. At first glance the photographs appear laden with doomed romance and a macabre eroticism. It is only on closer inspection that the viewer begins to glean a message of empowerment. The images are delicate and audacious, offering insight into the complexity of their inhabitants, just as the elemental background evokes a sense of foreboding. Waters challenges the conditioning of women in contemporary culture, which she attributes to an internalisation of sexism. Through her photographs, Waters encourages self-acceptance, emotional awareness and defiant celebration in her subjects and, subsequently, in herself.” – Aesthetica Art Magazine UK, 2015
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