Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize Finalist

I am very excited to announce that I am one of the finalists in this year’s Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize. So honoured to be part of an incredible line up of professional female artists. You can read about the prize and see the list of finalists here

My entry - Eurasian in Singapore #2, is a photograph that I took whilst on residency in Singapore in 2018. Below is my statement with the work.

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‘Where are you from?’

‘No, where are you really from?’

As a female Eurasian Australian of Chinese Italian Australian cultural heritage, these are common questions that I encounter in my daily life and across the globe. For a decade I have created artistic investigations that explore cultural identity and belonging in today’s ever-shifting socio-political landscape.

Eurasian in Singapore #2 is a self-portrait that places me within Tiong Bahru Market, one of Singapore’s iconic post WWII housing estate areas where my great grandmother lived. Singapore is a place I feel ‘at home’ within, its culture resonates with me and feels familiar, yet my Eurasian identity sees me in-between cultures, a liminal space. I am perpetually ‘other’ within my surrounds, visually and metaphorically.

 

 

Rawcus | Creative Development

The last few weeks I have been working with Rawcus, Kate Sulan, Adena Jacobs and Kelly Ryall on a creative development idea, where the outcome will be a series of images and moving visual material. It’s really great to spend time in a room, think through a range of ideas and be able to express them visually. For me photography can be a dramaturgical tool within the rehearsal space - seeing differently from director or within an ensemble. More to come soon.