My name is Deanne Gilson. I am a proud Wadawurrung woman and award winning visual artist working in paint and clay installations.
My art practice and current PhD research look at the objectification of Aboriginal women by the male colonial gaze and how this has affected Aboriginal women and what was known as traditional women’s business. I create contemporary art to heal, disrupt and challenge the male colonial gaze, through a reflective process. I am highlighting and bringing back women’s business through my art practice and research, further linking this to the revived practice of ceremony.
White Kitsch, Black Bitsch is a smaller object based ceramics range that I have created to further understand the implications of the colonial gaze. Although satirical in nature, it does not hide the serious affects of the patriarchal colonial gaze.