Monday, November 21, 2016

2016 portraits

 "I didn't ask you to kiss me"

 "You were supposed to wait for me"

 "The devils are here"
 "Black Butterfly"
 "I didn't ask for you to silence me"
 "I didn't ask you to touch me"
 "I didn't ask you to beat me"
 "I didn't ask to have sex with you"
 "Our doubts are traitors"
 "The lunatic, the lover and the poet"
 "When dreams do show me thee"
"I have Immortal longings in me"

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Inspired by the 1920s

I never really know where my research and searches will take me next, but then I found the beautiful and sexy photographs of beautiful and stunning women of the 1920s. Given my love of cinema and theater, when I found Alfred Cheney Johnston's portraits of the Ziegfeld Follies girls, I felt I discovered a refreshing female “prettiness”, and was so inspired. Given my fascination with medieval history and post apocalypse theories, we get this body of work. I found I was also jealous of those 20's ladies, because they were so brave and revolutionary. They were natural, and as yet still uninfluenced about what their naked bodies should look like. Now, not only are we told how our make up should be, what clothes we should wear, we also get told that wrinkles on our stomachs are wrong, stretch marks are wrong, bruises and scars are ugly, pubic hair is bad, fat is bad... well as far as I'm concerned, I am so over it all. I am so over being told that I need to accept that straight men have sexual needs and that i need to make my body ready for that. I'm so sick of watching friends be abused and used by men who have yet to realize that what they are doing is wrong. And yet, if you want to breastfeed in public, that's wrong. If you don't want to wear a bra, you aren't properly dressed. If you don't want to shave, you are lazy. WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR SOCIETY! SERIOUSLY! WHY DO WE PUT UP WITH THESE DOUBLE STANDARDS??? And that is why I am jealous, because those gorgeous women in the 20's started a revolution, which so many others around me seem to either have forgotten, been brainwashed to think has been won, or are too scared to stand up and say what they think. So this body of work is a glamorous protest. Well, I tried to make it glamorous.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Illusion of the Elitist Artist

"Sport is more popular. Why should tradies tax dollars go to pay for an elitist pass time. the average person arent remotely interested in the convoluted navel gazing of the art community. Supply and demand. If there are too many artists and they can't make a living then it's not up to the tax payer to fork out more dosh. I would rather some disabled kids get funding than a load of pretentious wankers."

This was someone's legitimate response to arts in Australia.
This is why I often eat only frozen vegetables.
This is why I either make my costumes or source them from thrift shops.

My work critiques woman's roles in society in a dreamy, fantastical, cinematic way. Does that make it less valid? Less worthy? Am I simply too bored to get a real job? Really? Given I just lost a job that I loved because Australian's don't read books either...

This makes me so mad.

Australian people as a whole need to realize that we are brainwashed by media to only enjoy simple, straightforward things. By all means, sport can be fun, but there is more to life than it! TV shows don't have to be black and white, movies don't have to be all action and boobs. Music, oh dear Loki, don't even get me started on popular music; you guys know that there are more than four chords right? Beer is not the only alcohol available. Why do the masses chose to be so influenced by peer pressure?

Despite what the stereotype suggests, I don't come from money, nor will I inherit any great sum of it. I don't do this just for fun, I do this because it's the only way I know how to fight; fight for my world to change, fight to make my children's world better. I do this so that I might inspire someone else to join the fight, to give them hope that things could one day change.

That doesn't sound very elitist to me.

Now, here's some of my latest work...