Lilli Waters’ solo exhibition, Pay Attention to the Heavens, is inspired by the iconography of ancient Greek and Roman mythology, its folklore, and its religious paintings, recasting the contemporary woman as a powerful goddess of nature and a portrayal of femininity that we should celebrate, embrace, and worship.
God-like enigmatic female figures are submerged within a dramatic watery cloudscape, blurring the lines between Heaven and Earth, between what we feel, and sense we may have lost within the walls of the Patriarchy. Portraying the existential dualities of light and dark, they transverse through a portal into an unknown time of fear and discomfort, longing for a deeper connection.
These women are sensual and disarming gatekeepers. Rulers of the underworld, dancing an ancient ritual in the day’s playful hours.
The whirlpool’s silent brooding surge is imbued with unease, yet the figures are empowered, not resistant.
They are nature, not separate from it.
Artist Statement – Lilli Waters