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Rhonda Pryor

Artist

I make artwork that draws on imperfection to reflect on human gesture and emotion. My practice involves photography, installation, textiles and stitching.

Having originally trained and worked in fashion design and production, I altered course to study drawing and painting at the Julian Ashton Art School, continuing my study at the College of Fine Arts, where I completed a Bachelor of Fine Art, majoring in painting.
From raising my two children (that necessitated a pause in my practice), my return to university study in 2010 resulted in a transformative experience for me. While the skills and subtleties I utilised when painting are referenced, the materials I used, and the conceptual framework of the work I produced, evolved into new dimensions.

My more recent projects involve narrative and memory based themes with reclaimed materials, textiles, installation and photography. Underpinned by a curiosity with the personal relative to object, action and space, the work investigates the relentless processes imposed by time. I am particularly interested in the natural and inevitable deterioration of material and memory, and the ability of text (particularly the individuality inherent in handwriting) to convey emotion and character, and the bearing these have on our contemporary world.

I have recently completed a Master of Fine Arts and Master of Studio Art, and was winner of the 2014 International Women’s Day Art Prize.

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