Round Table 2 Sydney
Round Table 2 was held at The Cross Art Projects, Sydney, on Saturday, August 17, 2019.
Many thanks to Jo Holder and the team at The Cross Art Projects for their support with this event.
16 artists and researchers from four States (SA, VIC, NSW & QLD) attended and gave short presentations on their work in relation to Care, facilitated by Assoc Prof Jacqueline Millner.
Sharon Billinge, Belle Blau, Carolyn Craig, Elizabeth Day, Claire Field, Zoe Freney, Sylvia Griffin, Rachael Haynes, Jenny Kent, Benison Kilby, Danica Knezevic, Rox de Luca, Jasmine Stephens, Sera Waters, Linda Wilken and Azza Zein.
Please scroll down for images and artist information, in alphabetical order, and return to this page for continuing updates:
Sharon Billinge is a Sydney based artist with a predominately painting based practice concerned with people and relationships. In the past 2 years Sharon has worked with communities or groups through ideas sessions and workshops, to produce large scale murals in public spaces. These projects explore the importance of social bonds and human connection as a force for positive social change.
Image: Sharon Billinge, Mary, 2017. Photo by Sharon Billinge
Belle Blau is a Sydney based artist, currently completing a MFA titled 'A Feminist Expansion of Reductive Abstraction'. Her work explores the history of hierarchical logic within philosophical and artistic practice, and exercises feminist strategies to disrupt the phallocentric authority of formalist and minimalist painting. Her work argues for a return to love, intimacy and care as de-gendered and de-marginalised modes of functioning.
Image: Belle Blau, (L) Skin on Skin, 2018, acrylic on canvas on wood, 44.5 x 16 cm (each). (M) Skin on Skin (Merge), 2018, acrylic on canvas, 41 x 31 cm. (R) Single Source, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 46 x 36 cm
Claire Field is an artist, independent curator and a founding co-leader of FavourEconomy, a socially engaged participatory feminist art project developed collaboratively by Field, Alexandra Pedley and Bronwyn Treacy in 2015. Presented as an online archive of audio recordings shared by womxn* - for the benefit of other womxn* working in the arts - FavourEconomy involves the action of giving and receiving, which therefore can be understood as operating as an audio gift economy. FavourEconomy offers a shift from the neoliberal ideal of consumption to contribution; transaction to trust, and isolation to community, hence challenging the neo-liberal ideal of valuing money over the connection we have with one another.
Image: Favour Economy visit website here
Zoe Freney is a South Australian artist who seeks to identify and create alternative images of the mother that challenge the narrow constructs of mothers and motherhood in western, patriarchal, neo liberal culture. She uses humour to undermine the idealisation of mothers and their work, to instead make the duties of mothering seem completely ordinary, and the unrealistic expectations of mothers absurd.
Image: Zoe Freney, Gentle Hum, 2018, oil on canvas, 76 x 92 cm. Photo by Grant Hancock
Sylvia Griffin lives and works in Sydney, and holds a PhD from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. Sylivia is a multi-discipline contemporary artist with a practice ranging across sculpture, installation, textiles, video and photography. Her work addresses trauma, memory and history and is influenced by the Holocaust and the affect it has had on her family and others.
Image: Sylvia Griffin, I Just Couldn't Keep Him Safe
Rachael Haynes is an artist and academic currently based in Brisbane, Australia. Her art practice and research engages with feminist ethics, archives, care and activism through pedagogical, curatorial, participatory and installation strategies. Rachael completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Visual Arts (2009) with the support of an Australian Postgraduate Award for research at QUT, where she is now a Lecturer in Visual Arts. Rachael was a founding member of the feminist art collective LEVEL (2010-2018) and the gallery director of Boxcopy artist-run space (2012-2018).
Image: Rachael Haynes "Protest Scores (Affirmative Action)" (2018-19), pencil and ink on watercolour paper, each 50x40cm
Image: Creation of a Carer, digital photo, 2016 by Danica Knezevic
Rox de Luca is a Sydney based artist. Her works are made out of plastics that flourish on Bondi and Rose Bay beaches. The gathering and sorting process is followed by the jewellery-like threading of plastics onto wire. The resulting mounds are reflections of our coastal environment and its relation to the greater human landscapes of waste.
Image: Rox de Luca, Green bundle, Loop Bar, Art + Climate = Change, 2019, found plastics, wire, photo credit: Martina Capuso
Sera Waters is an Adelaide based artist, arts writer and academic. Her embroideries and hand-crafted sculptures dwell within the gaps of Australian histories to examine settler colonial home-making patterns and practices, especially her own genealogical ghostscapes.
Image: Sera Waters, Falling: Line by Line, 2018, vinyl wallpaper, woollen long-stitches 2x7m. Photograph by Rob - Acorn Photo (WA)
Linda Wilken is a Sydney based artist currently undertaking an interdisciplinary PhD in Criminology, Art and Law, University of Sydney. Her research investigates a concern that political motivation enacted changes to legislation that facilitate prosecution of Australian contemporary artists in relation to images of children. She cares that artists, whom are creators of visual culture, are soft targets to law enforcement within the criminal justice system.
Image: Linda Wilken. Child pornography 2008 legislated defence
Azza Zein, Taskscape, Mixed Media, Shell inlay, cowrie shells, textile, silk thread, oil painting, pine wood, soil, hibiscus, gold acrylic, dryer’s lint, Photo Credit: Matthew Stanton.2019