Artist's model works portray limits of fashion to a T

Judth Ireland | May 4 | Canberra Times

The images of beautiful models have been flowing thick (or thin) and fast since Rosemount Australian Fashion Week began yesterday.

Canberra artist Louise Upshall has a different take on the high gloss of the fashion world and the standards its sets for Australian women. Her paintings, launched this week in an online exhibition at the Jas Hugonnet Gallery, explore the way women are depicted in fashion magazines.

”It’s about how the female body is regulated and contained,” Upshall said. ”They [magazines] represent women in a really controlled and limiting way.”

The paintings are based on collages from magazines, which are then slashed and cut to contradict the gloss and fantasy of the fashion world. Upshall was discovered at the ANU graduate art show last year by curator Jas Hugonnet. ”I was knocked out by her painting ability,” Hugonnet said.

He predicts big things for the local artist, who also makes collages, zines and installations.

Seven of the eleven paintings on show sold out within 24 hours of the exhibition opening on Sunday. The exhibition runs until the end of May at View her art here

This is member Graham’s daughter 🙂

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