2013 TEN DICTA FOR YOUNG WOMEN WHO ARE ARTISTS
A 15 metre text-based mural located in an inner city laneway, Ten
Dicta For Young Women Who Are Artists was the first large-scale
public work I had ever undertaken, as well as the first derived directly
from my own published non-fiction writing. It was commissioned for
the City of Melbourne by Robert Doyle, the Right Honourable Lord Mayor.
The work was a deliberate move away from my figurative, Pop-inflected
enamel painting to text-based, polemical 'interventions' inspired by my
engagement with social media. Coincidentally, completion of the mural
coincided with the publication of The Best Australian Essays 2013
(published by Black Inc.), which included my short memoir, Broken. First
published in The Sydney Morning Herald and Griffith Review, Broken
provoked national attention to teenage sexual manipulation in schools.
The anthology also included essays by Robert Dessaix, Helen Garner,
Tim Flannery, Murray Bail and Julian Assange.
Location: Royal Lane, 231 – 233 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD.
Related article with video interview:
"Women should take note - the writing's on the wall", Chris Johnston.
The Sunday Age in print (p.3) and online. Also published in
Canberra Times and Brisbane Times. 1 December, 2013
Melbourne City Council media release:
"Art as advice: Ten Dicta for Young Women Who Are Artists"
19 November, 2013.