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The Artist

MSunflower is a culturally diverse Australian artist based in Inner West Sydney, with an Aboriginal (Dharug), Lebanese, Chinese & convict background. She identifies as having a disability. Her interdisciplinary work focuses on photography, collage, painting, drawing, sculpture & craft, exploring concepts of identity, mental health, society, feminism, activism, pop culture, the nature of being & the universe itself.

ARTIST STATEMENT
Art is the lens through which I interact with the world.

Mental illness limits my physical world so I use art to expand the boundaries, and explore past, present and future.

Art is integral to my journey towards recovery as it creates a sense of meaning and purpose.

I use my work both to seek and to give hope and inspiration to others who are fighting the same battles.

My cultural diversity as an Australian artist with an Aboriginal (Dharug), Lebanese, Chinese and Scottish convict ancestry also influences my work.

I’m a firm believer in art as activism and use my work to examine concepts of mental health, identity, society, feminism, body politics, activism, pop culture, and the nature of being and the universe itself.

Photography, collage, painting, multimedia, drawing, sculpture and craft are the brushes I use to paint change in the
world, one viewer at a time.

CURATORSHIPS
2016 Modern Princess by Edull, Off The Wall Gallery, St Peters
2016 MaryCry Art Exhibition, Off The Wall Gallery, St Peters
2016 Freedom From Perception by Deb Chilton, Off The Wall Gallery, St Peters
2015 A Very Merry Gallery Warming, Off The Wall Gallery, St Peters
2013 I Heart Gallery, Ulladulla
2012 Off The Wall, Sydney Fringe Festival
2011-2012 I Heart Gallery, Newtown
2008 Three States Of Being, Cafe Acoustica
2005 If You See Something, Say Something, Newspace Gallery
2005 Balderdash, Newspace Gallery

EXHIBITIONS
2016 Sydney’s Smallest Gallery 2016, Nauti Studios
2015-16 Recovery In Art, Being, NSW Mental Health Commission 2015 A Very Merry Gallery Warming, Off The Wall Gallery
2015 Recovery In Art, Being, The Muse
2013 Various, I Heart Gallery
2012 Off The Wall, I Heart Gallery
2011-2012 Various, I Heart Gallery
2008 The Promised Land, Gaffa Gallery
2008 Three States Of Being, Cafe Acoustica
2007 Sole Intentions, Satellite Gallery
2005 If You See Something, Say Something, Newspace Gallery
2005 Walking The Streets, Newtown
2005 Balderdash, Newspace Gallery
2004 Sydney Uni Live, University Of Sydney
2004 Walking The Streets, Newtown
2001 Noise online, www.noise2001.net.au
2000 – 2001 Northern Exposure, Mosman Art Gallery
1998 Loud online, www.loud.net.au

EVENTS
2016 Modern Princess by Edull, Off The Wall Gallery, St Peters
2016 MaryCry Art Exhibition, Off The Wall Gallery, St Peters
2016 Freedom From Perception by Deb Chilton, Off The Wall Gallery, St Peters
2015 A Very Merry Gallery Warming, Off The Wall Gallery, St Peters
2012 Off The Wall Exhibition & Opening – Manager, Curator, Exhibiting Artist, Projectionist
2012 Sydney Etsy Team Q & A – Group Team Leader
2011 I Heart Gallery Pop Up Cinema – Manager, Curator, Stallholder, Projectionist
2011 I Heart Gallery DIY Markets – Manager, Curator, Stallholder
2011 I Heart Gallery Grand Opening Party – Manager, Curator, Stallholder
2011 Artcore Guerilla Art Fair – Stallholder
2011 Sydney Etsy Team Bring A Plate Xmas Craft Party – Group Team Leader
2011 Sydney Etsy Team Summer Meetup – Group Team Leader

PUBLICATIONS
2015 Recovery In Art, Sydney Morning Herald
2015 Sydney Photography Club Photo Book
2014 Fotone Zine Instant Gratification
2008 – Present Collage Poster Deal, Studio B Posters (distributor)
2010 Artwork on Book Cover “Russian Window” by Dragan Velicik.
2009 Two page spread in art book Hair’em Scare’em, Gestalten
2008 Bo Diddley Cover Story, Blues Magazine, France
2008 Photography Australian Flavour – The Story of Australian Cuisine by Sharon Robards
2007 Art On Paper Magazine, Vol. 11 No. 4, Mar/Apr
2001 Noise zine, www.noise2001.net.au

SCHOLARSHIPS
1999 – 1999 Metro Screen