I am Darug man form the Boorooberongal clan, an artist, and lecturer in the School of Art & Design at the University of New South Wales. Working across a number of mediums including live and video-based performance and painting, my work is primarily autobiographical. An intention of my work is to consciously transform my personal dislocations into a visual strategy of self-disclosure. I become my own subject, often using my body as a site for art-making. I am stimulated by exploring the reality in and between what is often not permissible in public spaces and spheres. With a focused interest in the authenticity of suppressed emotions, I am wanting to navigate and respond to the consequences of placing the personal into the public. My practice-based research is informed by Foucaildian philosophical notions of the self, self-design, contemporary confessional discourse, private and private space and spheres, subjectivity, and settler-colonial theory.
2023- School of Art & Design Research Output Scheme.
2015 - The Fay Merles Scholarship for Indigenous Graduate Research, The University of Melbourne.
- The Scovell Gardener Family Fund for Indigenous Graduate Students, The University of Melbourne.
I have been a finalist in a number art awards, including, The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2013/21), The Archibald Prize (2021), The Lester Art Prize (2021), The Lethbridge Small Scale Art Award (2020), The Linden Art Prize (2019), The Sir John Sulman Prize (2018), The Redland Art Award (2016/18, Hornsby Art Prize ( 2016), Derebin Art Prize (2017), Korrie Art Prize (2016), Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize (2016), Victorian Indigenous Art Awards (2013).
I am currently writing a monograph titled, Contemporary Confessional Video Art: Private Experiences in Public Spaces, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2023.
My Research Supervision
James Taylor - PhD (UniSA), Warra Yartangka ( language of the Land): Decolonising Northern Kaurna Place-names through Art)
Loren Orsilo- PhD, A Formal Investigation into the relationship between found-object assemblage painting and the wall (Joint with Dr Michael Newall and Dr Frances Barrett)
Kaitlyn Davison, BA Art and Design (Hons), Embodying the Abject: An Exploration of Subjective Body Horror as Autoethical Contemporary Art Practice, The University of South Australia
Frances Cohen, BA Art and Design (Hons),Clever Title I'll Think of Later: A Videographic Exploration into the miscellany of content on Instagram and how it alters interaction with art on the Platform, The University of South Australia
Amber Cronin, BA Art and Design (Hons), Sculpture as Ecological Listening (Joint with Dr Michelle Nikou), The University of South Australia
Sarah Porter, BA Art and Design (Hons), Changes: From Military to Civilian through Ceramics, The University of South Australia
Isaac Kairouz, Hons, Naughty boy gets what's comin', Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne
DART 2310 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art