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About the artist
I tell stories about women through art. In my practice, I reinterpret fairy tales and mythological stories through a feminist lens to give female characters a voice. Even though many of these stories are centered on female protagonists, they are often passive participants in their own fates, like Sleeping Beauty or Medusa. When I retell these stories, I use the deconstructed tropes of the originals to reframe women as being in control of their own destinies. Their futures are no longer decided by men, or in service to men, as a wife or an object.
The works are feminist both in content and medium. I draw from decorative patterns from bedspreads, tablecloths, doilies, and other fabrics that are traditionally coded as domestic and feminine. I augment my paintings by applying these patterns using screen printing, stampmaking and linocut techniques. Just as I elevate my protagonists, I also uplift these so-called “women’s crafts” to the level of fine art from which they have been historically excluded.
These new narratives defy stereotypes by turning the stories and characters we all know on their heads and by integrating feminine forms into fine art categories. The work redefines the feminine as powerful and worthy.
I have exhibited widely across Australia, including numerous solo exhibitions at venues such as SOL Gallery (Fitzroy, Victoria), Tacit Gallery (Collingwood, Victoria), and Red Gallery (Sydney, New South Wales). Group exhibitions have included presentations at Art to Art (North Balwyn, Victoria), Melbourne University (Southbank, Victoria), Gaffa Gallery (Sydney, New South Wales), among many others. My artworks have been shortlisted for many prestigious awards such as the Marie Ellis Drawing Prize, Lethbridge 10,000 Small-Scale Art Award, Hornsby Art Prize, Agendo Award, and the Metro Art Prize. My practice has been written about in Yen Magazine, Desktop Magazine, and Art Lovers Australia, as well as others.
In 2019 I completed a Graduate Certificate of Visual Art at VCA. Prior to that, I completed a Diploma of Visual Arts at Box Hill Institute. I work out of my home studio in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.
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