Artist: Laura Purcell
Face POP explores preconceived notions of how a woman may be seen and how she may see herself. It questions how ‘contemporary’ the female perception of self is.
Private and domestic actions challenge my understanding of empowerment, self-esteem and femininity. My daily decisions make me uncomfortable or empower as I choose to accommodate or challenge a situation within and beyond the physical boundary and location of my property. The mask is a choice. A choice to be worn and a choice to have it placed by others expectations. The mask, like the boundary line, acts to protect, conceal and challenge the ideals and expectations of feminine identity.
Sandi Sissel, photographer, mentor
Kelly Drummond Cawthon, Salamanca Arts Centre producer, mentor
Tickleback Ridge Estate
Emma Louise Sproule
This project is part of Salamanca Arts Centre’s HyPe program 2014 and has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, Hobart City Council, and Arts Tasmania.
I have been developing the showgirls with some colleagues over the years to perform at festivals and corporate events.
I decided to get behind the camera and capture my colleagues in character.
In November 2015 I visited Narawntapu National Park, in north-west Tasmania.
The experience left a strong impression on me in regards to the possibilities and enquiry of body engaging in space - in this particular environment. From within the landscape, and flora sculptures, figures emerged. Looking forward to returning for Stage 2 of my enquiry.
I acknowledge and pay respect to the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community as the traditional and original owners, and continuing custodians of this land and acknowledge Elders – past and present.
The sweetest and mostly camera shy couple. With stealth, I navigated my way through the reception, capturing the authentic and rare moments when newly-weds , friends and family join together.