Katelyn-Jane Dunn graduated from the Queensland College of Art in 2014, with a BA in Photography, majoring in Photographic Art Practice. She has exhibited in various exhibitions, including solo shows at the Queensland Centre for Photography and 107 Projects as a part of Head On Festival. Her work has also been shortlisted in the Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award and Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Awards, and is featured in a number of public and private collections in Australia. Dunn is a Festival Coordinator for the Queensland Festival of Photography, Gallery Manager at the Hold Artspace and Editor of women’s photo-media journal Common Ground.
Gently, Gently 2014
The feminine experience is rife with tensions and contradictions. Combining still life with performance and tactile imagery, Gently, Gently explores these existing tensions within femininity, womanhood and familial identity, attempting to reflect, reconcile and reclaim a more multidimensional feminine identity. Pale floral wallpaper and luscious fabrics set the stage for intuitive play as I reflect upon my experiences and frustrations as a young woman raised in various parts of regional and metropolitan Queensland. The result is familiar yet unfamiliar, seductive but absurd.
Coming of age within regional Queensland is an experience saturated with the images and identifiers of a male dominated culture; where sports, agriculture, and a mantra of “hard yakka” reign supreme. Combining documentary photography with site-specific performance, Sugar explores existing tensions within femininity, womanhood and familial identity. Performing within the artist’s grandmother’s home, and using tactile objects and materials, the images work to reconcile, reclaim and reflect upon a multidimensional femininity; ultimately asking; “what is it to be feminine?”
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