Perfectly Imperfect was exhibited at The Mill, 154 Angas Street, Adelaide from mid-January to mid-February 2020.
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All my life I’ve been taught to behave in a certain ways. I feel that I am perceived based on my ability to fit in, and to abide by the rules of society. That my looks are more important than my humour, my assertiveness, and my personality. That speaking out is unfeminine.
In its own unique way my flawed body is perfect – it is Perfectly Imperfect. Charlotte Brontë, writing in 1847 under the male pseudonym Currer Bell, wrote to the “carping few” dissenters in the preface to the second edition of Jane Eyre: “Conventionality is not morality” and “appearance should not be mistaken for truth”. Behaving in expected ways does not make me moral.
Gendered roles are socially constructed, and enforced by the dominant patriarchal society. Domestic inequality continues, with women generally still undertaking a greater proportion of housework than their male partners. Women, not men, are judged on their housekeeping standards.
Domestic implements connote housework, and in turn; women’s work. Subverting the viewer’s expectations via the use of performance and humour are critical elements of Perfectly Imperfect. When I am at a geographical distance from my home and domestic responsibilities, I am creatively inspired by the natural world. The detritus of abandoned household objects discovered on suburban footpaths drives me to make images outside of accepted norms. Travelling to remote parts of Australia, I do not need the domestic items I carry, but they are a reminder of the societal expectations that weigh me down.
Cultural constructs can be escaped, and through my performance in Perfectly Imperfect I seek to do just that, with the aim of brief personal liberation from constraint.
I am a female Australian photographic artist. My photography explores the relationship between women and culture, and how we are influenced by the world around us. My love of nature guides both my life choices and my artistic practice.
Despite progress by feminists, women’s position in society continues to be subordinate to men. Progress is slow, and there are significant barriers to be overcome. I consider performative photography to be a great way of enabling conversations about inequalities and perceived gender expectations.
My work State of the Environment was exhibited in a 2015 SALA (South Australian Living Artists) exhibition, and was the inaugural winner of the Don Dunstan Foundation Award.
23 August to 20 October 2019 | Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Ballarat Healthy Hub | 100 Bridge Mall, Ballarat
BIFB Exhibition kindly sponsored in kind by Atkins Lab
All Images For Sale
Pigment print on lustre paper | 50x75cm
Edition of 6
$140 unframed | POA framed
Contact Selina on 0450 443 557 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org