Welcome to my on-line journal. I am using this space to document my visual arts research and art making. This is a reflective process of contextualising and exploring my thoughts, emotions, and motivations around making art in its various forms. It is also a place for my artworks, a place for them to be seen. It is a work in progress.

Donna_2014 book launchDrawing is the new activism

I'm used to working with words to tell stories that cast fresh light on old concerns. I'm now working with images to find and tell my stories, and perhaps move people's hearts and minds in some way. What I'm discovering is that I'm loving the learning that arises from drawing: a "difficult pleasure" as one of my art teachers describes it!

P1280881Talking Back to​ Diane Arbus, "Untitled" ​(​1971​)

marks is the area where I am putting my scratchings, scribblings, shadings, daubings and splatters. My main media for now are charcoal, graphite, white chalk and ink (black and sepia). I've been quite surprised by how much I'm enjoying working with these media as I've always seen myself as a "colour and paint" sort of a girl.

the-beggars-1568-300x300Pieter Bruegel: The Beggars, 1568

I believe in the potency of visual images of people with disability and disabling conditions; i.e. seeing their stories in paintings, photographs, sculptures and other visual art forms. However, the task of finding images of disability - historically and contemporaneously - in the visual arts is difficult. Why is it so hard to find these images? What is the role of museums, galleries and other public spaces in advancing the display of historic and contemporaneous images of people's experiences with disability? And why do these questions matter...?