My art reveals my continual fascination with the female body. Through my practice I explore the disruptive force of female life as it jostles with the man-made. Camille Paglia says, “society is an artificial construction, a defence against nature’s power”. It is this power that interests me. Societal organisations such as religion, science and politics are the skin into which I inject the chaos, dynamism, creation and destruction of feminine archetype.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, 1980, I completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts at The University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts, in 2002. After ten years working as a photographer in London, I returned to Australia and completed a Master of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2017. I have received extensive publicity and praise (The Huffington Post, The Times and Marie Claire) for projects such as “What Does Breastfeeding Look Like?” (2015) and “The Wall of Shamed”(2017).
My works tend to have a participatory element, and span photography, film, installation and sculpture. I often employ or allude to the presence of female bodily secretions and substances; breastmilk, amniotic fluid and menstrual blood have all featured in my work. The active nature of the female body also interests me, both what it stirs within and without; its ability to create and grow life, its cyclical reminder that death is ever-present and, by the potency of beauty, its ability to fascinate and captivate.