GlogauAIR resident from July 2016 to September 2016
I’m a queer feminist artist based in Melbourne. Contextualised by identity politics, queer theory and ideas of radical empathy, my work draws upon blurred boundaries between fiction and non-fiction, confession and narrative. My current research is concerned with unwaged and emotional labour, investigating why and how particular expressions of work are devalued and what the personal and political consequences of this are.
Applying methods of repetition and appropriation to a variety of materials, I engage with the language of ‘Sad Girl’ feminism in order to work through ideas of vulnerability, empathy and romance. Contextualised by an undercurrent of queer theory and identity politics, I use techniques of casting, construction and drawing from an art-as-therapy perspective. I aim to support an ethic of radical empathy through my work by combining sentiments of tragedy, tenderness and humour.
My work draws upon blurred boundaries between fiction and non-fiction, confession and narrative. Influenced by the writings of art critics Chris Kraus and Jan Verwoert, this often results in text-based outcomes. Recent works have manifested as large-scale installations – printed banners, murals, public sculptures – geared towards a critique of the patriarchal histories of art making and theory. Alongside this aspect of my practice, expressions of smaller gestures materialize through internet collages and self-published zines.
Over the course of the 3 month residency, I plan to continue to explore the concept of ‘Emotional Labour’ and its political implications through research and practice based enquiry. Through the lens of queer and feminist theory, I hope to raise the (often unacknowledged and underrepresented) profile of unwaged and feelings-based labour.
My research will be assisted by working with a number of different institutions in Berlin, including the Institute of Cultural Enquiry, the Institute for Queer Theory and the Women’s/ Feminist Artist Archives. A mentorship with Berlin-based Australian artist Alex Martinis Roe will support my work through our shared interest in feminist art practice and theory, as well as participation in her classes at the Graduiertenschule.
A studio at Glogauair will also allow me to network with other contemporary artists and present opportunities for collaboration and resource sharing.
Anticipated outcomes include a number of finished text-based works and participation in the Glogouair Open Studios.
2014 – 2015
Bachelor of Visual Arts (Fine Art), Sculpture, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne (BVA 2nd and 3rd years) 2013 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Monash University, Melbourne (BFA 1st year)
Take two, Fort Delta Gallery, Melbourne
VCA School of Art Graduate Exhibition, VCA Southbank, Melbourne Proud 2015, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne WOR(L)DS, VCA Student Gallery, Melbourne Sculpture Department Showcase, VCA Student Gallery, Melbourne 2014 New Acquisitions, Fort Delta Gallery, Melbourne (curated by James Bowen) Proud 2014, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne Rising, commissioned public sculpture exhibition, Docklands (curated by Laura Woodward) Sculpture Department Showcase, VCA Student Gallery, Melbourne
Our Magic Hour, Camp Nong Festival, King Lake Wilderness Ranges, Victoria 2012 Pistil, X Chromosome, Hiromi Tango, Contemporary Australia: Women, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane 2009
Hiromi Hotel, Hiromi Tango, Fresh Cuts 2009, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
Performer for The Weight of Nobody by Mira Oosterweghel, Monash Art Design & Architecture Gallery, Melbourne 2010 Performer for I Thought a Musical Was Being Made by Parachutes for Ladies, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne 2010 – 2012 Volunteer position at Melbourne Writer’s Festival 2010 Artist talk, Express Media panel on journal writing and artist books, Signal, Melbourne 2009 – 2012 Volunteer position at Sticky Institute (self-publishing not-for-profit)
Curated and contributed to a large-scale mural at Anytime Place, Brunswick
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