Emerging Brisbane-based artist Tyza Stewart will undertake a month-long residency project at the IMA in April 2016, building on the artist’s ongoing exploration of non-binary gender identities through self-portraiture. Since graduating from Queensland College of Art in 2012, Stewart has established a compelling practice that calls into question dominant societal concepts of gender through the use of the artist’s own image.
Stewart says, “I use my ongoing project of self-portraiture to disrupt gender-normative readings of my life… This work is informed by my own experiences of trying to avoid classification as female or male, in order to be seen outside of this restrictive understanding of gender.”
Stewart will work in the gallery space during the residency, resulting in an ever-growing exhibition that expands with time. Rather than the traditional opening event to mark the commencement of the exhibition, there will instead be a closing event on 30 April, in keeping with the show-in-reverse format of the project.
Throughout the residency Stewart will have open studio days where the public can view the artist’s works-in-progress. Stay tuned for the announcement of dates. This exhibition is part of the IMA’s project platform The Green Room, and runs from 1 April to 30 April.
Notes to the Editor
Tyza Stewart completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from Queensland College of Art in 2012. In 2013, the artist’s solo show Will You Come curated by Joel Mu at 55 Sydenham Rd Marrickville NSW 2204 AU, and the publication Tyzatyzatyza were both realised. In 2014, Stewart undertook a four-week residency at Boxcopy, presenting Dense Plant Scenes centred on a video profile of the artist’s practice. Stewart’s work has been shown at The Hold Art Space, WitchMeat ARI, Griffith University Art Gallery, Redcliffe Art Gallery, Pseudo Space, and was included in BEAF 2013 and GOMA Q:Contemporary Queensland Art (2015). Stewart is represented by Heiser Gallery, Brisbane.
The Green Room was launched in 2015, and is an ongoing project platform that highlights projects with a connection to our region. It is a mutable rather than fixed space, inhabiting different parts and aspects of the IMA;
Since its establishment in 1975, the IMA has been a leading venue for the production, presentation, and circulation of contemporary art in Australia;
The IMA focuses on commissioning new works by Australian and international artists at pivotal points in their practices, and connecting underrepresented artists with wider audiences;
The IMA is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, and through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian Federal, State, and Territory Governments. The IMA is a member of Contemporary Art Organisations Australia (CAOs);
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