Would anyone really care if I didn’t go to the party?, oil on linen, 76 x 84cm
Dressed in broken promises, oil on linen, 84 x 76cm
Illuminate, oil on linen, 84 x 76cm
At least I knew who I was when I woke up this morning, oil on linen, 102 x 122cm
No money and no decent clothes, oil on linen, 102 x 122cm
Mercury is in retrograde, oil on linen, 74 x 85cm
Is there something better than this?, oil on linen, 40 x 40cm
Starving, oil on linen, 40 x 40cm
Stop fucking saying sorry, oil on linen, 40 x 40cm
Note to self, oil on linen, 40 x 40cm
My burden, oil on linen, 76 x 84cm
Driven by desire, oil on linen, 76 x 84cm
Ready, oil on linen, 81 x 86cm
Private View, oil on linen, 102 x 76cm
Someone said if I grew my hair you might come back, oil on linen, 76 x 84cm
Never again, oil on linen, 61 x 75cm
Remains of myself, oil on linen, 71 x 51cm
Notes to Self, BMG Art Gallery, Adelaide, 2-
The art I make is a reaction to what I see in contemporary female culture and my views on the ‘appearance industry’. I find inspiration through my own emotions and the experiences of the females around me – the face we present to the world and the layers we conceal. I explore our complicated relationship with the expectations we place on ourselves in the ‘performance of femininity’, questioning our obsession with the embodied-
My new body of work for BMG Gallery, titled “Notes to Self” plays upon the apparent illogic of female desire surrounding self-
The use of a provocative aesthetic is deliberate to draw attention to ongoing societal issues of body image. I feel women are vulnerable to commodification and patriarchal exploitation. The female gaze is complex and self-
To read an Exhibition essay by emerging artist and writer, Kate O’Boyle, please scroll to the bottom of this page.
Exhibition Companion Essay
Notes to Self presents a series of paintings by Janine Dello that reflect on ways we experience being a body/having a body, when subject to Western standards of female beauty.
Janine paints a very specific type of woman – young, white, delicate, withdrawn -
Collectively, their delicately folded bodies form a mass of white flesh that lures with a pristine radiance. There is no escaping the surface of these bodies. Fragmented and closely cropped, they push towards you in invitation. The effect of their surround is a claustrophobic assault of whiteness.
These nymphs are fixed in poses that have become so commonplace they operate on the collective conscience as a background hum. Breasts are coyly disguised behind draped arms, mouths pursed open in invitation, balletic hands frame tilted faces. These are poses women have been holding for centuries. Employed to simultaneously disguise and reveal the female body, they confirm the subject’s dual sensuality and passivity. Women must be sexy but not sexual. Everything is hinted at but never shown in its reality.
These women represent a narrowly defined, default-
Propelled into cycles of self-
When women’s bodies are co-
Kate O’Boyle is an emerging artist and writer based in Adelaide, South Australia.