Steve Turner Contemporary is pleased to present Effacing Power, Jemima Wyman’s second solo exhibition at the gallery wherein the artist utilizes painting, photography, collage and fabric sculpture to transform images from Occupy Steubenville, Free Pussy Riot, Black Bloc in Egypt and other protest movements. Her highly patterned works incorporate domestic craft techniques (such as quilting and faux finish painting) to investigate the clothing and masks worn by protesters including paisley bandannas, keffiyehs and camouflage, all of which are ubiquitous in current protest and resistance movements. Wyman explores the idea that the clothed body is often the first point of protest and demonstrates how masks and disguises provide collective power and protection in conflict zones.
Wyman was born in Sydney in 1977 and earned a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Queensland University of Technology (2001) and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia (2007). She has had solo exhibitions at Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2008 & 2013); Milani Gallery, Brisbane (2010 & 2012); Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2009); and had work included in the Liverpool Biennial (2012) and the 17th Sydney Bienniale (2010). Wyman lives and works in Los Angeles.