I create visual art about human experience and emotion. I explore how and why my own perceptions, emotions and memories, while personal, can speak across barriers to a diverse audience. My art often focuses on my experiences in sex work, presented in mixed media. My art about the sex industry mainly consists of an objective pictorial language, by representing my experience and memories artistically without nudity or clichés I aim to normalise sex work and broaden the understanding of who a sex worker is and what they do. I invite an audience to walk in my stilettos, view my perspective and memories and start a conversation on the subject.
I have personally experienced many different attitudes and perspectives on how bodies are used, or represented in our society. Through my life, my body has been the subject of worship, critique and abuse, through sex work I gained a confidence in my body, a comfort in nudity, and I discovered society’s monetary value attached to the female body. During Luminous Bodies I will explore these ideas visually through film and mixed media installations. I will examine how society’s opinions and self-imposed rules conflict with my personal experiences and concerns about identity, sexuality and control within the sex industry. I intend to develop these ideas while learning from participating artists with different perspectives around these issues.
Vivi Violette Is an Australian visual artist based in Canberra, Australia. Violette explores themes of identity, humanity and references her own life in her work while exploring a wide range of mediums. She studied drawing, painting, sculpting and installation and uses all of these in her professional art practice. Violettes’ art spreads across mediums and genres however all her work has an autobiographical element.