Dark Mofo Festival
16 - 22 June 2021
An exhibition on themes of incarceration, sex and surveillance, held at the Hobart Convict Penitentiary.
Curated by Theia Connell.
I was lucky to exhibit alongside one of my favourite artists, Thelma Coral Beeton. Thelma and I met in 2016 when when I was her art teacher at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre in Melbourne, a maximum security prison for women. Since then, Thelma has carved a successful career as a contemporary artist, exhibiting regularly. One year she sold over 45 paintings through her gallery The Torch.
We also exhibited with french artist Pauline Curnier Jardin's video work Qu'un Sang Impur.
My 3-channel video work The New World is a response to my experience working in prison. One of my fictional characters was directly inspired by Thelma's energetic and positive spirit.
I remained in this exhibition despite a national call for artist to boycott the festival and I wear this responsibility.