QCP is taking the works of twelve Australian photo-media artists to Photo LA (15 – 18 January 2015) and Photo Contemporary (1 – 3 May 2015). This series of focus interviews gives an insight into the selected artists.
How did you first become interested in art and photography?
I’ve always pursued art and creative expression in some form or another but it wasn’t until I was 16 that photography became truly fascinating for me. A friend offered to borrow her father’s old film SLR and I jumped at the chance. When I moved from Mackay to Brisbane to pursue my Bachelor of Photography I became immersed in contemporary photographic practice, and was lucky enough to be involved with institutions like the Queensland Centre for Photography, which gave me new and differing perspectives and cross sections of emerging and established Australian practices.
What work are you showing in LA?
For Photo Contemporary I’ll be showing works from the body of work Sugar. I made Sugar in 2013, in response to my adolescence and growing tensions and conflicts in my familial and feminine identities at the time. As a young woman whose majority of upbringing has been based in regional Queensland, I was raised with masculine cultural norms and ideals; where footy and hard yakka reign supreme. I often struggled in this setting, and found myself identifying strongly with a hyperfeminine ideal inherited from my grandmother and the sensibilities of her time. I started visiting her farmhouse in Bundaberg, performing and documenting both in the domestic space and landscape, and playing out the contradictions of internal turmoils of gender performativity. I also focused a lot on the body and its relationship to tactile and familiar objects, as well as the landscape.
What are your plans for 2015?
I’m currently working as a Gallery Manager at the Hold Artspace and continuing to act as Editor for my online journal, Common Ground. I also recently joined the QCP board, and have begun a number of mentorship opportunities and curatorial projects. After Photo Contemporary I’ll be heading back to the studio to begin creating new work, and I look forward to being able to share that work and information about my forthcoming exhibitions soon!
For more information about Katelyn-Jane Dunn and the LA program, please visit the new QCP International website and Katelyn-Jane Dunn’s website.
Banner image: Katelyn-Jane Dunn