What is your background?
I am based in Sydney and have been exhibiting for over 20 years in Australia and overseas. I’ve participated in art residencies and have had many solo and Regional Gallery touring exhibitions.
What does your work aim to say?
I want to draw the viewer in by making making beautiful images with emphasis on content, composition and colour, to then spend time with the work, ask questions, connect and feel something even when the subject is dark or sinister. My intention is to remind us that women are strong capable, resilient and qualified and yet still don't have equal economic status or opportunity and are critically under-represented in politics, business and law. The idea is to convey how a woman's self worth is reflected. by cultural notions of body image, desire, beauty and attraction and the pressure to conform.
How does your work comment on current social and political influences?
Politically, we are in very conservative times. A lot of my work deals with the social and political status of women.
I focus on themes relating to our interior physical and mental living spaces and to patterns of behaviour, both literal and metaphorical. It’s not just being a woman having to consistently fight for gender and pay equality and having to deal with male aggression: we’re also bombarded daily with an avalanche of social media delivering news of war, violence, terrorism, political unrest and the arms race. I use painted motifs including guns, knives and scissors and found objects including bones and women’s apparel set against symmetrical backgrounds based on ceramic tiles, wallpapers and tablecloths to emphasise repeated routines and conflicting social messages relating to fashion and physical appearance.
What are the obstacles that female artists still encounter today in regard to their art, or the fact it's made by woman?
Women are automatically disadvantaged in a still very male dominated world. Art Schools tend to have a higher proportion of women graduates, yet there are easily more men being represented by and running galleries as well as filling positions as the heads of institutions.
How do you want to be perceived in the art scene?
Regarding perception, I, like any other women, want to be respected and recognised for my work.
Sydney - Australia