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‘The men liked to put me down as the best woman painter. I think I’m one of the best painters.’ — Georgia O’Keeffe

I have decided to write a series of profiles on modern and contemporary women artists called Joan of Art. Each profile will help to shed light on their successes, their failures, the challenges they faced, the peers they worked alongside, and the social context they worked within. I drafted a poetic introduction to the concept several times before I thought screw it, I’ll cut straight to the point of the thing: “Work by women artists makes up only 3–5% of major permanent collections in the U.S. and Europe.”

The series #joanofart aims to create a metaphorical clearing in a metaphorical wood. It will address the question, if a female artist creates art in the wood, and no man is there to hear it, did it really happen? Joan of Art will shine a light on women artists who lurk in the shadows of art history and in doing so, will seek to reshape how we define the rock stars of art history and help to foster a sense of equilibrium that the art world, past and present, so desperately needs.

I can list the stats and talk about the hangover that the art world has long endured from it’s male-centered past for days, but that’s not what my aim is. The profiles do not seek to slam the work of their male colleagues, rather, it will act to remind us all that hey, they were there too. And, they made some really awesome art that has greatly impacted the art of today.

Grab your glasses and make a cup of tea, we’re going to have a blast! The first profile is due to go live next week. I am looking to cover the work of Jo Baer, Eva Hesse, Vivienne Maier, Martha Rosler, Hilda Rix Nicholas, Suzanne Valadon, and more. If you have any suggestions, drop me a line and I will happily explore. ♦

P.S. Thoughts on the series title?!

EDIT: The series title is naff. Will revise. 29/9/2017



June 17 2016 was a national day of action for the Australian visual arts sector in reaction to the recent Australian Council funding cuts. Arts administrators, artists, organisations, and institutions were called to wear black and share their unity with #istandwiththearts

The message of June 17 call to action was to draw attention to the arts and remind politicians that what they consider ‘tiny cuts’ have fundamental impact across a range of institutions. Additionally, the call to action aims to make the arts a campaign issue. There is an alarming lack of coverage in the current election campaign that runs for another 2 weeks despite the fact that the arts industry in Australia employs more people than mining and has contributed a massive $50 billion to the economy.

Without arts and culture, what are we even living for?!


Rose Jurd, still from 'Sparks fly' image via

Rose Jurd, still from ‘Sparks fly’
image via

I recently had the privilege of writing an excerpt for the catalogue of the IS THIS ART? program for dLux MediaArts, hosted by Artereal Gallery.

IS THIS ART? compiled videos by emerging and recent graduate video artists to produce a video art program that considered both the medium, and the contexts that artists wished to explore. In an effort to promote video art within the field, dLux invited emerging writers to respond to the pieces and write about them in an accessible way.

After viewing each piece, I was struck by the common theme of identity that ran through each work and decided to explore this in my writing.

You can read the full catalogue here