In 2017, the year of the same-sex marriage plebiscite, our first work, Shredded Light, responded to the exhibition’s theme ‘Out of the Darkness’. We created a film of older lesbians talking about how it was for them when they realized they were lesbians, and what their hopes and fears were for the future. Set in a room surrounded by sheets of recycled plastic with transparencies of photos from our lives stitched on them, viewers were invited to sit on a conversation chair, watch the film that was projected onto painted recycled plastic and have a conversation with an older lesbian.
Is all of that enough yet?
In 2019, our work ‘’Is all of this enough yet?” responded to the exhibition’s theme ‘Are we there yet?’. We asked older lesbians that question, recorded their conversations and comments and used these to form the work. Their statements were engraved on mugs and displayed, viewers were invited to select a mug that appealed to them, to have a conversation with the artist and to add their thoughts to the handmade book. Each day the new additions to the book were engraved onto mugs at a table set with four chairs. Artists and viewers engaged in meaningful, and at times moving conversations. They shared experience, concerns, and positions and took the time to understand.
Church of Harridans Witness
Over the course of 2021 and 2022 around 50 older lesbians came together to create a work about our concerns and creates conversations in response to the potential for harm that the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill could pose to our community. We created a church through ten discussion groups and a host of workshops and consultations. The work was exhibited at Moonah Arts Centre in February 2022.
Church of Harridans Witnessers
Moonah Arts Centre, 10 February 2022 to 26 February 2022