‘Mind Maps’ represent a search for identity, belonging and the resulting mental health challenges that follow. Acrylic paints are marbled and react with gel mediums to represent the unpredictable symptoms of anxiety and depression. The contrasting lines represent contour lines on a map and give the impression of islands, a reference to the artist’s Polynesian ancestry. The paintings are a metaphor for the isolating feeling mental health symptoms often result in, making you feel as though you are alone on an island.
BAY is an Adelaide based artist, last year she was nominated as a finalist for The Advertiser Contemporary Art Prize, The Korea-Australia Art Prize and the Mission to Seafarers Art Prize. Her work explores her Polynesian ancestry, which was unknown until she recently began to discover family she never knew existed. Mental health has also played an important part in forming her easily recognizable abstract style, with a focus on identity and the ever present question of ‘where do I belong?’
$5 from each sale is donated to Headspace, the national youth mental health foundation dedicated to improving the wellbeing of young Australians.
February Mind Maps, Adelaide Fringe Solo Exhibition, Hughes Gallery, Fullarton
January Victor Harbor Art Show, Victor Harbour, SA
November Little Treasures, Pepper Street Arts Centre, Magill SA
October Albert Park College Art Show, Port Melbourne, VIC
October The Mission to Seafarers Art Prize, Docklands, VIC
October RAW Melbourne presents VERVE, Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, VIC
September Ginger’s Coffee Studio, Goodwood, SA
August The Secret Art of Life, SALA Festival, The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, North Adelaide, SA
August SALA Festival ‘Second Nature’, Mâché, Adelaide, SA
July The Advertiser Contemporary Art Prize Finalist’s Exhibition, Keith Murdoch House, Adelaide, SA
July Mind Maps –Sneak Peek, The Organic Market and Café, Stirling, SA
June RAW Adelaide Presents TREND, The Producers Bar, Adelaide, SA
Published interveiw with Collage Adelaide
2016 SALA Program featured finalists
My work is inspired by my Polynesian background (I didn't know I was Polynesian growing up), and so I have been exploring my cultural identity over the last few years. Mental health is also a strong influence for me and painting has become an escape for me. I donate $5 from each sale to Headspace Australia, The National Youth Mental Health Foundation.