I am extremely excited to announce my first solo exhibition at Metro Gallery opening this week, Thursday 21st February. It has been a dream of mine to exhibit at this gallery for many years, and I am truly delighted to be showing a collection of artworks in this beautiful space.
My works will be shown alongside paintings by incredible artist Kim Hyunji.
It would be an honour if you would join me for a glass of sparkling on opening night next Thursday from 6:30 - 8:30pm at Metro Gallery, 1214 High Street, Armadale.
"There is something both strange and striking about images made by Melbourne based photographer, Lilli Waters. The figures, almost exclusively female, are placed in peculiar positions within equally strange landscapes. The figure from “Utero” (pictured below), emerges from a red liquid, washed ashore an almost mythical land. The figure is beginning to stir, hinted at masterfully by the ripples in the water. This, coupled with the dissonant color combination of pale white and an artificial red, imbues the photograph with a sense of trepidation. There is also certainly a parallel between the nascent subject matter and the act of creation on the part of the artist. The palette is even reminiscent of a photographer’s dark room.
Waters' emphasis on nature comes from her mother and grandmother, as well as an upbringing on a counterculture commune in Wytaliba, NSW. “She (Elaine Moir, grandmother) was a serious lover of the environment, writing letters and starting campaigns to stop McDonalds from taking over her local community, teaching me the names of all the birds and animal species and the importance of planting trees and helping on creek clean up days.” Waters’ subjects certainly appear to have a symbiotic, if somewhat uneasy, relationship with their environment. They are born of the earth, appearing in the landscape like a blooming flower. It is often unclear, however, whether the subject is thriving in the landscape, or succumbing to it.
Waters photographs many of her figures in a transitional pose, instilling a sense of anticipation in the viewer; in “Utero” the figure slowly begins to stir and in “ANJA #25” (pictured below), a female form writhes beneath a thin veil amidst a dark abyss. Accentuating this suspense is also Waters decision to shoot at dawn and dusk, when the sun is on the precipice of either being snuffed out, or of bursting forth from the horizon line. This perhaps symbolises one of the overarching themes in Waters oeuvre, the constant push and pull between life and death, creation and decay."
Words by Julius Killerby.
The exhibition will run until the 9th of March.
I hope to see you for some bubbly!
Opening Night 6 - 8pm
1214 High Street, Armadale