We are pleased to announce the winner of the Colour Factory Award is Clare Rae.

Clare has recently completed her BFA (Honours) at RMIT. Her work will be on show at the Centre for Contemporary Photography from August 7 – September 27, 2009. We are currently working with Clare to produce her series of fine art photographs.

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‘Climbing the Walls and Other Actions’ is primarily concerned with visually representing my experience of femininity, whilst also exploring aspects of representation that relate to feminism. The project considers the relationship between the body and space by including formal elements within each frame such as windows and corners. Through a sequence of precarious poses I explore my relationship with femininity, an approach born of frustration.

I use the body to promote ideas of discomfort and awkwardness, resisting the passivity inherent in traditional representations of femininity. The images attempt to de-stabilize the figure, drawing tension from the potential dangers the body faces in these positions.

Whilst the actions taking place are not in themselves particularly dangerous, the work demonstrates a gentle testing of physical boundaries and limitations via a child-like exploration of the physical environment.’

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