TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR PRACTICE.
I am an Adelaide-based portrait painter fascinated with the human condition. My technique involves painting small dots of pure, unmixed paint. The randomness of these apparently separate pigments is applied in such a way that they begin to coexist – just as they do in the flesh. They blend to form a photorealistic image – like pixels – but on closer inspection the layers of dots begin to separate, revealing more fragmented, complex and abstract marks. I utilise this abstraction technique to correlate with a pixilation of self. My works are a visual deconstruction, and then reconstruction, of my subjects.
YOUR CURRENT WORK EXPLORES CONTEMPORARY GENDER-BASED DISCOURSES, CAN YOU TELL US MORE?
aGender, the Agenda of Gender champions gender-based activists’ work and stories in order to support and shed light on harmful gender-based issues. This collection of work aims to offer a perspective, one not often seen, of people who have dedicated their time, pain and passion in making a difference to our collective humanity. My most recent work in this series, Uncut (2020), depicts Khadija Gbla, a high profile award-winning human rights activist. As a victim herself, Khadija has dedicated her life to educating and exposing the atrocities of Female Genital Mutilation, an abuse that has been performed on more than 200 million girls around the globe, with 200,000 survivors like Khadija living in Australia.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE THIS SERIES WILL GIVE YOUR AUDIENCE?
I am learning constantly from my sitters. I consider myself an educated and cultured member of our society, yet the truth is I have had a very privileged life. The most important thing we can do for each other is to learn and listen, not to pass judgement, or find a neat box for that problem to exist in. I feel strongly that exposing gender-based issues serves our society by acting as a springboard for conversation within the community.