Very Specific Feelings #1, 2016
23 Nov 2016—10 Dec 2016
All of my works are self-performances, an expanded form of self-portraiture. These drawings are no different. Whilst on residency earlier this year at the Banff Centre in Canada, I began a body of work that explores ways to represent bodily responses to emotional experiences, through intuitive drawings, the works in this show are drawn on painted calico to reference Masi (Fijian bark cloth made from the mulberry tree). Hanging in a low-lit room the drawings are a wound, a shrine to remember past feelings.
Salote Tawale was born in Suva, Fiji Islands and grew up in the South-Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Exploring the identity of the individual within collective systems. Through self-performance, Tawale’s practice draws on personal experiences of race, class, ethnicity and gender formed by growing up in suburban Australia.
Tawale completed an undergraduate degree in Media Arts at RMIT University and has been a lecturer and tutor in Photomedia and studio practice at Monash, Deakin Universities and at UNSW. She has developed and taught various workshops for school and community groups over the past 20 years., Now based in Sydney, NSW, Tawale recently completed a Masters of Fine art and Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.
Image: Salote Tawale, Very Specific Feelings #1, 2016