2017 Finalists

Adele WILKES

Artist statement: Spanning documentary film, photography, and video art, and compelled by a fascination with personal and communal mythology, my work often inhabits the ambiguous realm between reality and fiction. I seek out elevated, cinematic moments in everyday life, and combine the observational and candid with elements of invention or intervention.

‘Untitled’ depicts a young drag queen named Max. It is from a broader series in which, over the past five years, I have documented Melbourne’s queer nightlife while following the story of Rat, a sixty-something punk who, after visiting a drag show, was galvanised to gender transition, eventually becoming Milly Rose. My film and photographic project, Of rats and roses, captures this inclusive, diverse subculture which has supported countless people to transform and express themselves through performance art.

adelewilkes.com
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Adele WILKES
Untitled  2018
from the series Of rats and roses
pigment ink-jet print
35.0 x 55.0 cm
courtesy of the artist

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