The windswept drama of the carefully composed, haunting landscapes of Melbourne-based artist 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. www.lilliwaters.com.
Tate: Art Online
As Tate’s galleries are currently shut, Aesthetica highlights five online collections to enjoy and explore from your home.
Los Carpinteros: Irreversible at Sean Kelly, New York
Los Carpinteros’ new exhibition Irreversible will open on 11 May at Sean Kelly. The show will be installed in all three of the gallery’s spaces and will include new sculptures as well as a video installation.