I am an interdisciplinary queer, feminist artist based in Melbourne Australia. My practice revolves around themes of materiality and the body as a mediator between the internal and external, with an emphasis on my lived experience of vulnerability, grief and loss. Feminist methodologies of feeling and listening are central to my making process with form, texture and touch informing my textile, sculpture, performance and photography work. I have a keen interest in the history of art, particularly abstraction, minimalism and soft sculpture.
My most recent projects are Boobing, a July 2022 exhibition at ACU Gallery in Melbourne, the third in a series of exhibitions with Stephania Windholz Leigh and Caroline Phillips and Now that Kin have Gone, a 2021 exhibition with Mira Krulic at Sandbox Studio's Box Gallery. Other key projects include Holding the Space: An exploration of absence, grief and loss through handmade craft practices, performance and photography, developed in 2020 during my Master of Fine Art at RMIT, BooBoo a 2020 exhibition with Stephania Windholz Leigh and Caroline Phillips at Assembly Point, and a 2019 solo exhibition To Be Seen at Northern Rivers Community Gallery (Ballina Shire Council NSW).
I hold a Master of Fine Art from RMIT, a Bachelor of Fine Art with First Class Honours from Monash University, A Diploma of Visual Art from Victoria University and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours majoring in Social Sciences from La Trobe University. I have worked in Adult Education for 19 years including teaching the Diploma of Visual Arts.
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Craft-based skills are central to my practice and these were taught to me by my mother Marion Waters and my grandmothers Eileen Argus and Mary Dalton