Arts Monday 25 February 2013
Join me, Jane Raffan, for a program that takes an in-depth look at the work of TextaQueen.
I’ll be chatting with Texta about the works in an exhibition of self-portraits, currently on show at Sullivan & Strumpf, Zetland, until the 9th March, as well as others from past bodies of work.
As for bodies, that’s Texta’s specialty -“TextaQueen adopts the tradition of the classical salon nude and “recon-texta-ualises” it with drawings done with the humble texta.” [Claudia Rowe, ABC TV Sunday Arts].
TextaQueen’s nude portraits, predominantly of women, are executed in the humble and unforgiving ‘texta’ and felt-tip pen on paper. In this new body of work Texta turns the mirror, concentrating exclusively on a series of self-portraits – allowing an exploration of the personal evolution of identity, incorporating graphic elements into largely fictional metaphorical inner narratives.
TextaQueen was showcased at Optimism at the Queensland Art Gallery’s Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane in 2008-9 and was a finalist in National Works on Paper Prize 2008 at the Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery and in the 2002 Dobell Drawing Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Texta was one of ten young artists in Primavera 2002 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.
More on the exhibition and the gallery here: http://sullivanstrumpf.com/exhibitions/142/intro/
And the music? We’ll be listening to an eclectic playlist nominated by TextaQueen and other musical portraits …
As always, I look forward to your company, 10:30 to noon.
Missed the show? Interview podcasts now available: http://eastsidefm.org/2013/02/arts-mondays-jane-raffan-interviews-the-artist-textaqueen/