Visual artist working in River Studios
TextaQueen's practice articulates complex politics of gender, sexuality, race and identity, primarily through portraiture rendered in fibre-tip marker. Interested in how visual and popular culture inform personal identity, her current practice focuses on the influence of ethno-cultural and colonial legacies on these dynamics in relation to her own existence as an Australian-born-Indian often living on others' ancestral lands.
Her performative pin-ups, people of colour in their colonial apocalypses, fantastical self-portraiture, and poetic murals have been showcased wildly and widely including Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne; de Young Museum, San Francisco; Western Exhibitions, Chicago; and Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York and can be found in collections such as National Gallery of Victoria, National Portrait Gallery of Australia, University of Queensland, and Heide Museum of Modern Art. A nationally touring mid-career survey of her work debuts at the Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery, Victoria in February 2017. She is represented by Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney.
What attracted you to the space and what makes your studio suitable for your practice?
River Studios appealed to me for its physical accessibility - as someone who often experiences mobility issues, a lift is essential and a relatively affordable space close to my home in Footscray is desirable. My studio has a good amount of natural sunlight which is important for rendering my detailed works on paper.