Fade to Grey is my tribute to Steve Strange who was one of the leading figures of the New Romantic movement of the late 1970s and early 1980s through his establishment of the Blitz Club in London in 1979. The New Romantics were characterised by individualism, creativity and rebellion. The New Romantics of all genders were identified by their use of heavy make-up, often dressing in androgynous clothing resulting in the creation of a ‘new wave’.
The song ‘Fade to Grey’ was written in the Maggie Thatcher era and was part of the backlash against her and her conservative government, and the doom and gloom pervading the UK during this era. During this period, many New Romantic artists broke rules and pushed gender and social boundaries, with artists such as Boy George and Marilyn appearing on our screens. My video explores identity, conformity and the social constraints we place on ourselves.
Set in Melbourne’s Southern Cross Train Station, the torment, drudgery and struggles of the workforce are captured through a contemporary dancer – the commuter whose destination is unknown, portraying these struggles amongst the backdrop of commuters on their way to work, sacrificing their days for the betterment of someone else.
In my video, the five workers in their boiler suits with their dull, blank expressions, are led by the Parton character in a single file as she walks around Parliament House and the well-known hotel. As they mindlessly obediently follow Parton, the female disrupter, the workers conform to her expectations of trailing behind her.
In this artwork investigates the power of language and the meaning associated with words, specifically the word vagina. The vagina, although a word to describe a part of the female anatomy, brings up negative connotations for many people and I wanted to create a work that breaks down this relationship with the word vagina. This video focuses on my mouth which symbolises a vagina. The laughter and the repeated use of the word vagina seeks to ease the shame and guilt that surrounds this word.
These masks represent the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Jesus and the faceless man. They symbolise the beliefs, traditions and power structures that impact our everyday lives. These characters represent the religions, political parties and businesses which seek to write the scripts for our lives by governing our thoughts and beliefs. ⠀
I’m an emerging Melbourne based multidisciplinary artist, I’ve completed a Creative Arts (Honours) degree specialising in visual arts. I’ve exhibited in a number of galleries and also have been commissioned or involved in the creation of a number of art works for public art projects. My creative practice explores the concepts of self, identity and how we perform in our everyday lives. My practice is informed by my interest in what is our true self. Specifically, how do we adapt to the particular environment we find ourselves in, and seeking to explore how people’s behaviour adapts to these different environments.
A number of my works have been created by undertaking performances in specific social spaces and places and drawing upon the surroundings, circumstances and location to inform the narrative I’m seeking to create. As part of my practice, I have placed performers in well-known public places and spaces, mainly within the Melbourne CBD, using this space as a stage.
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2019 – Completed Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) - Visual Arts, Deakin University.
2018 – Completed Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) Deakin University
2012 – Completed Diploma Visual Arts, Brougham School of Art and Photography.
2011 – Completed Certificate 1 Visual Arts, Gordon Institute Geelong.
Awards and Exhibtions
2021 - Artwork featured ArtEdit Magazine - Winter Issue
2021 - Finalist Wyndham Art Prize
2020 - Recipient of Creative Development Grant, Wyndham Council
2020 - Exhibited – Wundergym, School House Studios, Collingwood
2019 - Exhibited Trocadero Art Space, Footscray
2019 - West Projections - Footscray
2019 - Commissioned Public Art, Red Centre, Wyndham Council
2019 - Finalist Wyndham Art Prize
2018 - Exhibited Red Arcade - Werribee
2018 - Exhibited, One Night Projection - Black Cat Gallery - Collingwood
2018 - Exhibited Trocadero Art Space - Footscray
2018 - Winner Wyndham Art Prize - Deakin University Art Bursary Award
2017 - Finalist Wyndham Art Prize
2016 - Group Exhibition, Retread, Geelong
2013 - Small Works Exhibition, Brunswick Street Art Gallery
2013 - Awarded Best Photograph, Werribee Rotary Art Show
2008 - Awarded Most Improved, Artizzons Annual Exhibition