Lucy Teague ‘How do you see me?’ 2021. Video. 3:13 min. Image courtesy: the artist.


Artist statement

How do you see me? explores traces of the female body critiquing the heavy scrutiny it attracts. Videos and scans  capture the movement of hands and faces creating tension  through performance, abstraction, layering and animation.  The work is intent on disrupting scopophilic instincts and the paradoxical objectification of women bound to their ‘inherent  narcissism’. I aim to challenge the controversy surrounding  female  artists’ embodiment in art as arousing conventions  behind the omniscient male gaze.

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Felines is a series of four oil pastel drawings, depicting cats in various contexts. Emphasising textural materiality and the humility of the handmade, blocks of saturated colour are embellished with hard and soft mark-making achieved via scumbling, sgraffito, and blending techniques. Drawing upon  the influence of Noel McKenna, elements of humour, kitsch,  and anthropomorphism are used to explore human-animal  relationships, tracing our own evolution alongside these  mysterious creatures as we worshipped, feared, and domesticated them.

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Acknowledgement of Country

UNSW School of Art & Design stands on an important place of learning and exchange first occupied by the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples.

We acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land that our students and staff share, create and operate on. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend this respect to all First Nations peoples across Australia. Sovereignty has never been ceded.