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Born in 1990 to a Filipino mother and Yugoslav father, artistic creation has always been my escape and fortitude against the personal challenges I experienced as a migrant, adapting to life in Australia – a vast land drenched in colour, and the murmurings of something primordial.

Drawing inspiration from artists as varied as Francis Bacon, with his characteristically claustrophobic spatial relationships between figures and their surrounds, David Lynch’s dreamlike surrealism, and Olivier Messiaen’s static musical tones, my own inner conflicts were perhaps the earliest and most formative influences on my art - I paint from the interior to recalibrate, to defragment and to liberate.

In my practice I have found that portraiture enables me to reflect through the sitter, who becomes a conduit for both their own anxieties, as well as mine. My practice is an attempt to externalise internal conflict, creating a juxtaposition of movement and stillness that forms an unsettling effect, evoking a surreal and dreamlike quality. It is in this dreamlike place that the spectre of mortality emerges, and though my art is often considered ‘dark,’ I believe it is ultimately redemptive as it lays bare an emotional truth.

Education

2012: College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Bachelor of Art Education.

Exhibitions

2014: Portia Geach Memorial Award, S H Ervin Gallery, Millers Point, NSW
2014: Take Home Archive, Fundraiser 2014, Archive Space, Newtown, NSW
2015: Serbian Festival Pop-up Exhibition, Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, NSW
2015: Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, Muswellbrook, NSW
2015: International Women's Day Art Prize, Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst, NSW
2015: Black Swan Art Prize, Linton & Kay Gallery, Perth, WA
2015: Portia Geach Memorial Award, S H Ervin Gallery, Millers Point, NSW
2015: Blacktown Art Prize, Blacktown Art Centre, Blacktown, NSW
2015: Selected works, St James Station, Sydney, NSW
2015: Practice What You Teach, M2 Gallery, Surry Hills, NSW
2016: Untitled, Traffic Jam Galleries, Neutral Bay, NSW

Press

Fairfield Champion 2016 - "Painters finalist in art prize a brush with success" Sept 29 2015
Fairfield Champion 2016 = "Drawn to Personal Subject" - August 10, 2016
Newcastle Herald - Young Sydney artist wins People's Choice at Kilgour" - August 12, 2016

Influences

Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Egon Schiele, Diego Velazquez, John Singer Sargent

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