Melbourne-based Lilli Waters comes from a family line of women artists. Her mother is a well-regarded botanical artist, and her grandmother was a photojournalist during the Vietnam War and a former Australian of the Year. Both had a strong sense of social activism and a love for nature, and Lilli’s unusual upbringing instilled those same values in her.
A Lilli Waters image has a painterly quality, with macabre or off-kilter elements enlivened by emotion, a sense of movement, jewel-like colours and deft use of light. Although her personal art practice explores many different subjects, an ongoing preoccupation is capturing women in landscape. With their identities hidden and glowing bodies melding into the natural world around them, they encourage the viewer to look twice, beneath the surface of the work. She photographs women to empower both them and herself, bringing forth their strength and raw, honest edges.