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Genevieve Graham

Pymble Ladies’ College

Artwork title
All the world's a stage...
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Expressive form
Artist’s statement

My work explores the facades in society, and how we can often hide our true passions and interests and pretend or 'perform’ in fear of being judged by others. My metaphorical representation depicts four featured 'performers’ and a suitcase full of suits in the foreground. This symbolises an outburst of expressive individuality that can often become lost in our society, hidden under the monotony of business suits. The bigger-than-life-size, slightly distorted figures instigate a connection with the audience, an opportunity to question the authenticity of their own individuality in the light of contemporary society’s expectations and pressures.

Influencing artists: Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Wendy Sharpe, John Brack

Collection connections

'My art has nothing spontaneous about it, it is all reflection’

Discuss this quote by Edgar Degas with reference to Dancer looking at the sole of her right foot. How does this statement also support Graham’s approach to her body of work?

Observe a particular subject over a period of time, sketching the most obvious and intimate details. Choose a sketch to develop further in sculpture, painting or printmaking.