mixed media on pigment print, 70 x 70cm, 2011
This series draws from my own experiences growing up in Brisbane, Australia. During my years at school I became aware that my cultural background defined how I was viewed: difference took precedence over sameness. How I was treated was paradoxical. On one hand I was an alien, and on the other, an object of fascination. Through the use of black and white ink and paint, I physically alter photographs of my family and myself, to disrupt exoticised stereotypes. The mixed-media works question my place in society as culturally hybrid. In response to my experience of assimilation into Australian culture, I examine the relevance of western perspective in a globalised world.