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Process diary

Andrea Williamson

All Saints' College Bathurst

Artwork title
Leaving campsite and country
HSC year
Expressive form
Textiles and fibre
Artist’s statement

My textiles reflect a woman’s perspective of living in an isolated rural town, where some women are expected to take on traditional roles and resolve conflict. Many women dream of escaping. My body of work deals with issues pertinent to these small communities such as racism, religion, gender inequalities, and Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives. The cut-up signs are a reference to traffic signals and symbolise the dilemma in deciding which direction to take. Circles represent Indigenous culture, life forces, direction and the desire to escape, while not knowing which path to take to explore the future.

Influencing artists: Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Rosalie Gascoigne, Fiona Foley, Narelle Jubelin, Anselm Kiefer, Sue Ford, Russell Drysdale

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Collection connections

Research the art practice of Russell Drysdale and his approach to subject matter. Suggest ways the artist has captured the rural landscape and the relationship between the land and the figures in it. Observe the role of the female in this painting. Compare Drysdale’s and Andrea Williamson’s approach to a similar idea.

Williamson explores issues related to women in rural areas. Suggest how her choice of material and technique enhances this idea. Write a subjective response to her work, describing the feelings it evokes in you.