The Hornsby Art Prize finalists have been announced and my illustration, "Consume Me" has been selected as a finalist for the Hornsby Art Prize.
This drawing is part of a series called "I like pretty things." It considers our compulsive objectification of women who are valued on the basis of beauty. It implies that a woman's personality is less valued than how she looks and leads women to spending countless hours and dollars on their appearance. T
This work in particular considers how the female body is often discussed in the public domain including her weight and style choices. A woman is often judged by how she looks rather than what she says or does. The title, "Consume me", also references the way we describe women as something to be consumed. For example, women are referred to as pear shaped, yummy mummies or eye candy.
The girl on the silver platter is naked and venerable whilst the woman holding her up looks powerful and perhaps a little smug. This is because we are our own worst enemies. We do it to ourselves, as women are often the harshest critics not only on themselves but when it comes to judging other women as well.
All finalist works will be on display at the Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Ave, Hornsby from Thursday 17 November through to Sunday 27 November 2016.