Women’s Work: Brisbane showcases its biggest display of women’s street art

Brisbane’s biggest display of women’s street art, Women’s Work, is taking place at the Outdoor Gallery Exhibition from now until 1 December 2019.

Curated by Brisbane Art Matriachs! (BAM), a collective of up-and-coming female arts leaders working towards bridging the gap for women exhibiting in public spaces, Women’s Work celebrates the empowering artforms and originality of female creatives through a series of outdoor installations, guided tours and talks. This exhibition is grounded in the belief that the work of all women, within the realm of the domestic and beyond, is invaluable.

Among the artists exhibiting are contemporary Aboriginal artist Rachel Sarra whose colourful artwork, on display in Brisbane’s Irish Lane. Her piece, entitled Energy, is a gorgeous mix of shades of pink, purple, blue and orange, depicts dynamic energies radiated by creative women.

Artist and illustrator Mosessa, who is influenced by nature and inspired by mythology and folklore, has her Botanic Beast series showcased in King George Square, featuring floral motifs symbolising womanhood with an Australian twist.

Women’s Work also features artwork from Tori-Jay Mordey, an emerging Indigenous Australian illustrator and artist. Her artwork entitled Siblings 2, which was projected onto the William Jolly Bridge for five nights, is a combination of copper etching prints that features a portrait of the artist herself and her brother with parts of their faces harmoniously merged with their parents.

Tori-Jay Mordey said: “Growing up in a diverse family with our mother being Torres Strait Islander and our father being English, it became clear to me how different we all were, but at the same time I wanted to emphasise how similar we are too. Because it’s not as simple as saying we’re different because of skin colour.”

Brisbane City Council’s Outdoor Gallery transforms Brisbane’s laneways and city streets into imaginative, curious and engaging spaces. Comprising light boxes, banners, vitrines and evening projections, the Outdoor Gallery displays art outside in city streets, instead of inside on gallery walls.

Women’s Work is on display at various outdoor spaces in Brisbane, as part of the Outdoor Gallery, until 1 December 2019

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

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