Skip to content

Improve your Gippslandia browsing experience by using Chrome or Safari.

Contribute to Gippslandia and support positive local storytelling. — donate here

Connecting Gippsland through
positive storytelling.

Shop GippslandiaSupport Gippslandia

Connecting Gippsland through positive storytelling.

Artist FeatureCulture

Part 1: the raw side of Grace.

Self-taught artist, Grace Ware's project - Gippslandian Women - kicks down the stigmas around feminism, women’s health & safety.

Jun 14, 2019


Words: Grace Ware
Images: Grace Ware

Contribute to support more positive local storytelling.

Support

Grace Ware is a self-taught local artist from Traralgon, and a member of the Alt_Art community, who has brought her creativity, passion and drive to Federation University, where she is studying fine arts. You can learn more on the talented Grace through her interview with Gippslandia Arts Columnist, Kaitlyn Francis. —

Here, Grace shares the aim and progress of her latest project, Gippslandian Women, a query relating to women’s safety and their opportunities in our region. It’s been guided by a series of personal interviews and data collection, as well as Grace’s striking illustrations and textile sculptures. Gippslandia #10 - Artist Feature. - Part 1: the raw side of Grace. What do you think of when you hear the word feminism? Does it make your skin crawl? Do you roll your eyes and say, “Ugh, what a dirty word”? Why are our women so afraid to be associated with the word? And how does our misunderstanding of feminism affect our outlook on society, ourselves and our bodies? Nowadays, feminism has such a negative connotation attached to it and it’s time we change that. Growing up as a local Gippslandian woman, I have had many questions surrounding feminism, and my health and safety as a young woman, which have caused me to feel quite isolated. I have never really felt there was a local safe space for me to discuss these thoughts. So, I thought STUFF IT! Why not just create that space? Gippslandia #10 - Artist Feature. - Part 1: the raw side of Grace. I want to create a safe space for all female-identifying Gippslandians to celebrate, embrace and inspire each other. This space can bring attention to the beauty of being a Gippslandian woman and the importance of education around our health and safety. Gippslandian Women is a BOLD, HONEST and something UNSEEN before by a local audience. Gippslandian Women will listen to our local women, and provide a unique opportunity to be able to share our own experiences and opinions on what it is like to be a woman in Gippsland through an interactive local exhibition. Gippslandia #10 - Artist Feature. - Part 1: the raw side of Grace. Gippslandia #10 - Artist Feature. - Part 1: the raw side of Grace. By collaborating with Gippsland Women’s Health and reaching out to local women, I have collected data on how we feel in terms of safety and opportunities, and how we feel about our female identity. The results are beautiful and very interesting. The majority of local women thought that femininity was associated with feminism, weird right? Of the local women surveyed, 41% said that “there are times where I don’t feel safe, but I’m okay with it”, and 50% are hard-working powerhouses who believe that they “feel capable of finding opportunities in Gippsland, but that [they] have to work a lot harder”. Gippslandian Women karate kicks down the stigmas around feminism, women’s health and safety, allowing women to think more freely about themselves and their bodies with confidence and understanding. Our local women have powerful voices; it’s just about providing a platform for these voices to be heard and with the help of Gippslandian Women, these voices will continue to get LOUDER and LOUDER. You just watch. Gippslandia #10 - Artist Feature. - Part 1: the raw side of Grace.

More in

    Latrobe City

Share this article

FacebookTwitterEmail
FacebookTwitterEmail

Read this next

ArticleChange

You can’t contain the beasts.

The artistic force PollyannaR has returned with a whole new line-up of TOPshelf creative... Read more


More in Culture

ArticleCulture

Mountain climbing.

A thought-provoking book on climbing the second mountain in life. Read more

Support Gippslandia

Support from our readers is what keeps the lights on and the printing presses running.

Support

Get Gippslandia in your inbox

Get fresh updates from your favourite periodical.... periodically.

Browse topics

Food & Drink

Explore regions

East Gippsland Shire

Partners

Gippslandia is made possible thanks to our supporting partners. They are businesses that believe in the value of sharing optimistic tales from our great region. We encourage you to support them in return, as without them, Gippslandia wouldn’t exist.

About Gippslandia

Gippslandia is a community, non-profit publication. We curate an ever-optimistic take on regional, national and global issues, in a local context. Leaving you feeling like a Gippslandia local, no matter where you’re from. Read more

© 2021 Gippslandia, All rights reserved