Grand is a collection of portraits of great grandmothers. The series references traditional portraiture techniques of the Rennaissance and aims to explore the role of motherhood and the position of elderly women in our society. This is an ongoing project.
If you know of a great grandmother who may like to be involved, please get in contact.
Blood Mountain Part II
Blue, 2019, C-type print, 750 x 550mm, ed of 11
Cross I, 2019, C-type print, 750 x 550mm, ed of 11
Leaf II, 2019, C-type print, 750 x 550mm, ed of 11
Enter II, 2019, C-type print, 550 x 750mm, ed of 11
Drip Hole, 2019, C-type print, 550 x 750mm, ed of 11
Cross II, 2019, C-type print, 750 x 550mm, ed of 11
Gold River, 2019, C-type print, 550 x 750mm, ed of 11
Enter, 2019, C-type print, 550 x 750mm, ed of 11
Green Chasm, 2019, C-type print, 550 x 750mm, ed of 11
Pink Palms, 2019, C-type print, 750 x 550mm, ed of 11
Recline Mountains, 2019, C-type print, 550 x 750mm, ed of 11
Escape, 2019, C-type print, 550 x 750mm, ed of 11
Pink Palms II, 2019, C-type print, 750 x 550mm, ed of 11
Mountain Queen, 2019, C-type print, 750 x 550mm, ed of 11
Lake Woman, 2019, C-type print, 750 x 550mm, ed of 11
Leaf I, 2019, C-type print, 750 x 550mm, ed of 11
Climb, 2019, C-type print, 750 x 550mm, ed of 11
Reclining Chasm, 2019, C-type print, 550 x 750mm, ed of 11
Red Cliff, 2019, C-type print, 750 x 550mm, ed of 11
The Future, 2019, C-type print, 300 x 300mm, ed of 11
Women Of The West (2016)
Maribyrnong City Council commissioned me to direct four short films and shoot a series of portraits to reflect the rich lives of women in the municipality. For the portraits I wanted to present the women as bold and empowered. I shot very wide and full body to allow the surroundings to tell a bit of a story about the individual and the local area. In the photographs the women are alone in the space, but interestingly, they own it. The films tell the stories of 3 women under the loose themes of Live, Work Create and Play. The aim was to give the women the opportunity to share a small part of their life with us. To allow them to tell their story, in their way. Too often women's stories are sold to us by men. It is vital that we tell our story, our way, for ourselves.
“Blood Mountain” is a sculptural installation featuring a 3 meter high mound of red clothing and apparel. Upon closer inspection t-shirts with feminist slogans like “Girl Power” and “The Future Is Female” can be seen poking through the debris. Fashion items, once hung in pristine department stores, now presented like a giant pile of landfill. Uncannily, this imposing red mass is being exhibited in a former garment factory warehouse, now Grau Projekt, in Melbourne, Australia.
I created “Blood Mountain” in response to the fast fashion industry piggybacking on the feminist movement by way of feminist slogan Ts.
The idea came to me early last year. It was just after Christmas and I was wandering around a department store. There was a sea of clothing on sale – rail after rail. It was never ending. I noticed one T-shirt with “Girl Power” emblazoned on the front. It made me think, is this “girl power” – all this waste? I started looking into the effects of fast fashion and learned that it’s mostly women who work in sweatshops. They are some of the lowest paid workers in the world and have little to no rights, let alone choices.
The environmental effects of fast fashion are also devastating. Both in the manufacturing process, and afterwards. It takes around 40 years for an item of nylon clothing to decompose. Fast fashion is the second biggest polluter after oil.
The idea was to reimagine a mountain in the form of greed and waste. Mountain, is considered the archetype of ascent and power – the bridge between heaven and earth. My work asks, what is the environmental cost of bloated man-made structures? And what is the role of feminism within such structures? Also, whose empowerment does the current iteration of the feminist movement serve? I find it hard to ignore the inherent irony in Western women proclaiming their feminist or pro women stance via an item of clothing made by one of the 85% female garment manufacturers living in dire circumstances in the developing world.
I believe that in recent times feminism has become very trendy. The focus for a lot of feminist’s revolves around issues affecting Western women, who by comparison enjoy lives that are far less fraught than our sisters in developing countries. In this global world we should rest easy with the knowledge that our clothes are made by people who are treated in a way that we would expect to be treated, sadly this is not the case - yet. Achieving the right to vote and equal pay took hard work and determination. And those things certainly weren’t won by wearing a $3 T-shirt that says “Girl Power”.
I would argue that it is our responsibility, as privileged individuals in countries like Australia, the US, Europe and the rest, to demand more from the companies that make our clothes.
My other projects include “The Wall of Shamed” (2017) and “What Does Breastfeeding Look Like?” (2016). Through my practice I consider how man-made structures and systems affect women.
The clothing and apparel was supplied by Savers Australia. The staff stockpiled thousands of kilos worth of red textiles over several months for me to use. Had I not taken the items they would all end up in landfill.
The Wall Of Shamed (2017)
The Wall Of Shamed is a participatory art installation in which women and girls are invited to share their experiences of being shamed.
Experiences can be shared physically on the wall, using marker pens provided, or online using the hash tag #wallofshamed.
If you would like your experience to remain private, just tell me about it anonymously via the online form.
The wall was first shown at the Victorian College of the Arts Masters Graduate Exhibition in 2017 and will travel abroad over the coming months.
Body shaming. Fat shaming. Slut shaming. Period shaming. Mother shaming. Food shaming. Gender shaming. Victim shaming. The list goes on … Did someone say something to you that hurt you? Did you receive a ‘look’ that made you feel less than? Have you been degraded or shamed simply for being female? Were you teased because of what you look like, or something you said? Did someone physically or mentally abuse you?
Please feel welcome to share your stories, your pain, your suffering. You may use illustrations or words to express yourself on this wall. It is yours.
To join the movement on social media head to the Instagram feed. Let’s talk about shame. And, more importantly, let’s put a stop to it.
7 Halos of Post Natal Depression (2017)
A Torture Treatment (2017)
Mother & Child (2017)
It is the most fetishised human relationship: mother and child. From Mary and Jesus to Madonna and Lourdes, and everything in between. But what happens when visual imagery subverts the common narrative? What happens when a mother isn’t gazing into her baby’s eyes? What happens when the screen shows breasts being used as dispensers of food? What happens when a mother and her baby occupy a double bed together? This work duly comments on the medium of cinema itself and the stories it peddles, which serve to reinforce patriarchal hegemony.