Lesley Aggar: Flower + Water

23 – 27 November 2021

White Light, Archival digital print on 100% Somerset cotton rag

Nature has always been a vibrant presence in the work of photographer Lesley Aggar. The violent, malevolent beauty of the English coast has infused her work with darkness and light. Aggar lives near the sea. It’s chameleon quality is a presence in her life and work. It’s hypnotic effect provides a framework to the seascapes we associate with her photography in the last decade. The point of view seemingly remains the same. The ebb and flow of the sea suggests an anthropomorphic quality, revealing mood changes – a natural dynamism often overlooked by the viewer.

Misty Swell II, Archival digital print on 100% Somerset cotton rag

Aggar’s Flower collages float between earth and sea, between earth and sky. These modern digital collages reference art history – botanical still life painting. They marry new emotive floral forms with an older poetic eye – whimsical still lifes dance under water and float on air. Their vibrancy can confound the imagination. They invite the eye and mind into an unknown mystical world. These twenty-first century examples of nature morte are haunting reminders of our own ephemerality.