This Wild Song
14 November - 23 December 2018
This Wild Song is a long-term project by Melbourne artist Ilona Nelson. Nelson is in the process of photographing over 100 significant Australian female artists, incorporating visual aspects, motifs or language from the artist’s practice into the portrait.
See a selection of the portraits from the series alongside an artwork by each artist pictured. A unique concept is created for each artist, resulting in a deeply personal and emotive portrait.
This Wild Song celebrates the strong female leaders in the arts community.
The concept behind the photographic portraits is for the artist to become a part of their work. The photographs also hold the intention of creating an honest and true depiction of who the artist is as a person. Every portrait has a specific concept created for the artist, and significance is placed on all elements within the photograph in relation to the artist and their practice.
TWS celebrates the strong female leaders in the arts community. Although the artists being featured are from varying backgrounds, use a diverse range of mediums, and at different stages of their arts career; they are unified by their unique voices and distinct style. The inclusion of so many artistic mediums in TWS offers a broad synopsis of contemporary Australian art.
The title for this project was inspired by Emma de Clario’s painting ‘If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will surely come’.