Launching a recent collaboration with Art Mask Studio, with Limited Edition art masks and eye masks. This collection is an extension of an ongoing series of mine, that explores the places around us, and considers the changes that can transform the appearance and familiarity of places we remember. Looking at the changes we are experiencing collectively since the start of 2020, revisiting past works from my Discovering Locations series, in this way felt fitting for this collection for Art Mask Studio.
Happy to share a new series of work currently on display in Nepal for @kaalo.101: Queer – A Celebration of Art and Activism. The series is has been put up around the streets of Kathmandu, as wheatpaste’s and installations contributing to the cityscape in an accessible exhibition for observers. While the exhibition cannot be within Kaalos gallery space, works will be displayed online. Once the pandemic is over, there will be a showcase in Kaalo.101 gallery as well.
Check out all the breathtaking works on their Instagram for this month-long initiative for Pride Month.
About the work; my partner and I identify as queer, we are both bi-sexual/pansexual, and my partner is non-binary. I came out relatively young, but it took many years to discover (and more accurately accept) that I am pan-sexual/bisexual. I often felt that my queerness correlated with who my partner was at the time rather than my own identity. It doesn’t, and it shouldn’t; sexuality is fluid to me. If you identify as queer, no one has the right to tell you otherwise.
This series of poster-style works express the fragmented and blurred forms of that fluidity and the very un-black and white definitions of queerness with words that resonate with both of us.
Excited to have my work featured in this exhibition at ANU, Canberra alongside a collection of incredible women. These works first feature in Loud and Luminous 2019, celebrating female photographers, all of the works are a representation of ‘power’, how we see that within female identity.
The exhibition will be on display in The Kambri Centre, at Australian National University, Canberra for the whole month of March in celebration of International Women’s Day and female power.
I have been invited to be a creative lead, host and artist for Project / Forward : 2047.
December 11 – 13
Project / Forward: 2047. A weekend-long global projection art festival featured in Kenya, Nepal, Colombia, Indonesia, Peru and Jordan, and echoed in Hong Kong, Austria, Italy, Spain and Australia. Over 45 artworks from across the world will be beamed onto unexpected spaces in places we need to be in the spotlight, proving that not only will COVID not stop us from creating, it’s giving us the fuel to create the world we want.
CONCEPT: The leaders have messed it all up, and our artists have been offered the unique opportunity to create what the year 2047 will look like. Our artists have been informed they are the new global leaders, creating the blueprint for 2047. They are sketching what values people will have, how will they spend their time, what does the cultural landscape look like, what do we all do all day, what is our environment, how do we live?
Building on the past, on the data we have, on those who went before us to be brave enough to envision a different, better world – what will they create? They are Imagineers who can build a better tomorrow, forging possibility and alternatives, where no one believes there is any.
“The future is up for grabs. It belongs to any and all who will take the risk and accept the responsibility of consciously creating the future they want.” Robert Anton Wilson
The Australian edition of Project / Forward : 2047 will be held across two venues: 107, Joynton Avenue Creative Centre on the 11th and behind Tortuga Studios on the 12th.
After exhibiting the photographic works from palimpsest: palɪm(p)sɛst – a landscape of memory with Toby Penny at Penny Contemporary, Hobart Tasmaina, in 2019. I had been looking forward to exhibiting these works along with the video installation piece, Ante-mortem that I had always intended on showing together in 2020. With the current changes due to restrictions caused by the global pandemic, I have created a virtual exhibition, that can be viewed from the comfort and safety of your own home, until I am able to do this exhibition in person.
It is a pleasure to announce and share the outcomes of Art Cards For Health Carers.
I was the creative lead, for this was a huge month-long project. Together with Micro Galleries, we called out to artists around the world to create an original artwork to send to someone on the front line of COVID-19 care. It’s a small gift from our industry to theirs, to say we see you, and thank you for protecting and helping us all.
Here is the video exhibition I created that shares all the handmade cards, stories of thanks and some of the responses from Healthcare workers around the world.
Words in Windows is a global initiative by Micro Galleries. Creatives from across the globe placed our ideas, poetry, positive protest, message of love, hope, resilience, questions, imaginings for a post-COVID society in windows for friends, family, neighbours – anyone!
The idea is that no matter how small our audience, how tiny the window, how small the impact, we litter our windows with words that make our buildings artworks, inject something wonderful into the lives of passers-by, and build a new literary narrative for the future. We had creatives from Nairobi to Jakarta to Hong Kong to Sydney who wrote their messages out for the world to respond to.
People greater than Money, Through isolation and lockdown across the world, I’ve seen extraordinary acts of kindness and strength in communities grow. I wanted to make a statement with this work about our PM here in Australia, and many other countries. Who are not focusing on its people during this time, instead, demonstrating that they are more concerned about the money in their pockets and the economy than the health and well-being of the people they should be leading.
PEOPLE > MONEY.
18 – 25 May, 2020
Installed in the front window at Tortuga Studios 31 Princes Hwy, St Peters
Witching Hour at Mothership Studios Curated by Susannah Boothroyd.
Featuring, Natalie Kula, Maddy Wolfe, James Redman-Ascough, Katharine Hawkins, Rhiannon Hopley, Shannon Johnson, Venus Vamp, Kat Allport, Gab Bates, Claire Conroy, Gillian Wednesday, Alana Optic Refraction, Wendy Yu, Ivana Jovanovic, and Susannah Boothroyd.
Opening night 30th 6 pm – 10 pm
Exhibition Oct 30th – Nov 4th
Image: detail of Ante-Mortem, video projection installation – Rhiannon Hopley
Art Guide Australia featured my exhibition palimpsest: palɪm(p)sɛst – a landscape of memory with Toby Penny at Penny Contemporary, Hobart Tasmaina, in their Top Five Exhibitions to see this week!
ART GUIDE AUSTRALIA Our top five exhibitions to see this week:
Kaylene Whiskey’s ‘Wonder Woman’ at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney. @roslynoxley9 Image: Kaylene Whiskey, ‘Tina’, 2019, acrylic on linen, 67 × 91cm. Image courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.
‘Place Makers’ at The Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne. @austapestry @sepiasiren Image: Paula do Prado, ‘El Grito’, 2018, cotton, wool, hemp, linen, raffia, Bobbiny cotton rope, twine, paper covered wire, wire, glass seed beads, wooden beads, açai seed beads. 110 x 60 x 5cm. Photo by Document Photography.
Andy Butler’s ‘All-in-One Solution for Glowing Fairness’ at Bus Projects, Melbourne. @busprojects @andyray87 Image: All-in-One Solution for Glowing Fairness, Andy Butler. Image courtesy of Bus Projects and the artist.
Rhiannon Hopley and Toby Penney’s ‘palimpsest: palim (p) sest—a landscape of memory’ at Penny Contemporary, Hobart. @pennycontemporary @rhiannonhopley Image: Rhiannon Hopley, Antithesis, 2017 Courtesy of Penny Contemporary.
‘Open House: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial’ at JamFactory Seppeltsfield. @jamfactoryau @ema.shin Image: Ema Shin, ‘Devoted Body’, detail, 2017. Photo courtesy of Oleksandr Pogorilyi.
Excited to announce a duo exhibition with Toby Penney (USA) in September at Penny Contemporary in Hobart.
We will be showcasing work we created during our residency together at Chateau Orquevaux, France. The exhibition, palimpsest: palɪm(p)sɛst a landscape of memory, explores the rich layers of cultural identity and physical form.
Opening 6pm Friday September 27th Penny Contemporary – 187 Liverpool Street. Hobart Tasmania.