She Feels, She Sees, She Makes

17 – 28 July 2018

Project Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane

Curated by Carol McGregor

Paula Payne, Debbie Taylor Worley, Glennys Briggs, Kim Ah Sam, Carolyn Stubbin, Susan Gourley

 

Time Trace

 

2018

acrylic on canvas

153 x 110 cm

Photo credit: Alex Shaw

Ghost

 

2018

acrylic on canvas

91 x 91 cm

Photo credit: Alex Shaw

She Feels, She Sees, She Makes is a trans-disciplinary conversation being had between six women, three Indigenous and three non-Indigenous, who find themselves coming together for the first time through the commonality of the she aspectof humanity, the feminine. Together, these women explore how this coming together through cultural histories translates to meaningful relationships to country in Australia.

Speaking through the mediums of painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography, this group of artists harness the power of cross-cultural dialogue to explore the nurturing and regenerative powers of the feminine aspect of humanity. This comes as a direct response to current hierarchical systems of power belonging to the patriarch. Here, ideas relating to myth, race, gender, empowerment, ancestry, scarification of country, spirituality, fertility, history, colonialism, ecology, identity, as well as sense of place and belonging through storytelling, are explored through a multitude of motifs, iconography, metaphors and allegories.

By translating these social, cultural, political and environmental references into a visual aesthetic, She Feels, She Sees, She Makes navigates cross-cultural terrains through the legacies of colonialism. Thus, seeking different ways to reimagine and reinterpret ourselves through the feminine aspect, as experienced through this cultural diversity.