INTERVIEW: MOSESSA (PRAISE YOU)

With Brisbane’s annual exhibition, Praise You just around the corner, our eyeballs are getting excited for the visions of this year’s all female showcase, featuring 40 artworks from renowned women from across the globe to raise awareness and funding for body positivity and female empowerment.

Curated by one of our very own, Lusid Art and presented by our friends at UNE PIECE, this exhibition was created to raise awareness for body positivity and female empowerment. It’s a body of work with the power to make a difference.

We caught up with Praise You feature artist, MOSESSA (who you may recognise from our recent Brisbane Outdoor galleries project!) to chat about her creation for the show. See below her INCREDIBLE original artwork ‘Ode to Femme’ which will be available for purchase at the exhibition launch of Thursday 22nd August.

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MOSESSA, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CREATIVE STYLE IN ONE SENTENCE?
Feminine and surrealist-inspired portraits of women and animals featuring floral imagery

CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT THE ARTWORK YOU CREATED FOR PRAISE YOU? This piece is very personal and the initial idea came to me when I was going through a transitional phase in my life. I was in a position where I had to rely heavily on the people around me, and needed a lot of support. It’s titled ‘Ode to Femme’ and is dedicated to my sister, mother, and girlfriends. It’s a tribute piece to all the loving women who’ve supported me. Upon completing the piece I also feel now that it is about self-love, patience and that everything will be ok in the end. I feel that Praise You is all about women supporting women which is why I wanted to especially submit this piece for this years show.

WHAT’S THE BEST AND WORST THING ABOUT BEING A WOMEN IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY? I am lucky that I have not experienced much negativity being a female creative. One of the best things I feel is that it is easier to reach out and connect with female artists. It is like we share the same spirit and are working towards the same thing so we are naturally drawn to each other.

WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOUR PIECES? I grew up in the Gold Coast hinterland and was surrounded by nature. I paint a lot of floral work as I feel it takes me back to that time. My work is inspired by a mixture of nature, folklore, surrealism and art deco. I also have an interest in art therapy, so I aim to create soft, soothing imagery in my work.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINES FOR MOSESSA? I have something exciting coming up with the Brisbane City Council, Griffith University and The Culprit Club! It’s an outdoor gallery that will be showcasing throughout the city. I am also planning to move to a new studio next year that is 10x as big as the workspace I have now, which means I will be painting bigger works.

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Since 2017, Praise You has raised over $13,000 for The Butterfly Foundation with donations going towards much needed resources, along with immeasurable awareness for the work and message of Butterfly.

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE PRAISE YOU EXHIBITION VIST WWW.PRAISEYOU.CO

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MOSESSA VIST WWW.MOSESSA.COM.AU

WOMEN'S WORK: BRISBANE'S LARGEST DISPLAY OF WOMEN'S STREET ART

We are WILD with excitement to be launching Brisbane’s largest display of Women’s Street Art alongside BAM - Brisbane Art Matriarchs, Brisbane City Council, and Queensland College of Art, Griffith University through debut Outdoor Gallery Exhibition, ‘WOMEN’S WORK’, showcasing August 12, 2019.

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'WOMEN'S WORK' will deliver high-impact visual art that serves as a signature identifier to Brisbane City, displaying leading female artists across 10 large scale, inner-city locations.

The exhibition features the work of twelve local artists, designers and practitioners including Courtney Brims, Claire Tracey, Dominique Falla, Emma Wright, Lusid Art, Mosessa, Nicola Holly, Rachael Sarra, Rae Cooper, Sarah Hazlehurst, Tori-Jay Mordey and Zoe Porter.

LOCATIONS:
Eagle Lane - Artwork by Alex Saba (Lusid Art)
Edison Lane - Artwork by Courtney Brims
Edward Street - Artwork by Dominique Falla
Edward Street - Artwork by Claire Tracey
Fish Lane - Artwork by Rae Cooper
Hutton Lane - Artwork by Emma Wright
Irish Lane - Artwork by Rachael Sarra
King George Square Car Park - Artwork by Mosessa
William Jolly Bridge - Artwork by Tori-Jay Mordey (dates TBA)

'WOMEN'S WORK' contributes to Brisbane as a vibrant and culturally inclusive creative community, while providing equal opportunity, equitable employment and ongoing development opportunities for women in the art and design industry.

“Gender bias remains a major problem in the modern art world. ‘Women’s Work’ sets out to create a new standard for equality“ - Exhibition Curator, Nicola Holly

“Putting a spotlight on the theme of ‘Women’s Work’ gives everyone a moment to consider how we value, perceive and recognise the work of all people”. - Exhibition Curator, Rae Cooper

"‘We are very proud to be a team of independent, innovative and resilient women, representing and promoting excellence and equality in art throughout our city.”  - Exhibition Curator, Sarah Hazlehurst

“These women have created artworks that capture the heart of Brisbane and respond to its landscape from modern and historical perspectives .”  - Exhibition Curator, Claire Tracey.

The ‘Women’s Work’ Outdoor Gallery exhibition commences August 12, 2019 and will run until December, 2019. 

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