Bronze / 2018 / Portraiture / Culture
Truong Son from "Indochine' series depicts a woman navigating the conflicting cultural
pressures of the East and the West. Exuding visual luxury and vivid sensuality, the art
works plunge the viewer into a colour-saturated dreamscape. The women captured are torn
between the cultural values and expectations of their times and a deep interior struggling
towards individuality. The series explores the encroachment of Western fashion within
Asian cultures and the struggle for authenticity amidst contemporary influences.
Indochine explores identity and how Western influences have
intersected with Eastern traditions and values. It also touches on
the methods available to women to express a changing cultural
identity by altering their appearance. While such shifts are
sometimes presumed to be a relatively new phenomenon, the
artworks explore how this blending of Eastern and Western
cultures has been happening perceptibly for centuries.
Samantha Everton is a photo-artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Her photographs are endowed with curiosity, placing enchanting subjects in theatrical scenes that are full of colour with elements of whimsy. Samantha came late to photography, hers was an evolutionary process that started with her imagination, visions and images as she was running through the wheat fields in far north Queensland, as a child, as a sister from a large multicultural family, so unusual in remote, rural Australia.
Samantha’s work has been acquired by many private and public collections in Australia, including the University of Western Sydney, the University of Southern Queensland and the Alice Springs Art Gallery and recognition in the Moran contemporary Art Prize Highly Commended award 2009 and finalist 2010, 1st and 3rd place winner in the Paris Px3 awards, 2010/2014, 2011 British Journal of Photography new talent recognition. And Head on Photo festival 3rd place 2015.