Having originally featured in Aesthetica’s #newartists scheme on Instagram, Adrienne Raquel’s (b.1990) images provide a rich sense of femininity. Focusing on tropical motifs and the representation of idealistic landscapes, the works are at once playful and vibrant, communicating a sense of hazy nostalgia and optimism. Circular mirrors, open doorways and geometric interiors offer bright and airy arenas for self-reflection and open-ended journeys. Meanwhile, a distinct use of muted pastels and warm tones render each composition as a complex, summery vignette; colour play enables the simplest of objects to come to life as part of a wider visual tableau. As the New York-based photographer and art director notes: “I have a growing obsession with pink; it is such a divine shade which possesses so many alternative meanings. In colour psychology, it is suggestive of a sense of hope and ultimately assures emotional energy.” www.adrienneraquel.com.