Skye Wallace, ‘Rebirth’ 2023. Soft pastel, ink and pastel primer on unstretched canvas. 150.2 x 127 cm. Image courtesy: The artist. 


Artist statement

Rebirth is a soft pastel and ink drawing that depicts the decomposition of a past self simultaneously giving birth to a present self. The figures, illustrated using self-portraiture, symbolise my own stages of self-transformation in an exchange of death and life. Integrating refined representations with figurative layers of biomorphic mark-making demonstrates the energetic push and pull of this narrative, which ultimately explores the dynamic nature of selfhood and the multiplicity of one’s identity. 


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.