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The Artist (Self Portrait – Growing Bigger, Taking Up Space) by Sarah Hickey

The Artist (Self Portrait - Growing Bigger, Taking Up Space)

Sarah Hickey

A portrait of
Sarah Hickey
Medium
Oil on canvas

Dimensions

122 x 183 cm
Representation
The artist represents themselves
Category
Sylvia Jones Prize for Women Artists
About the artwork

Sarah Hickey says that her self-portrait, “was made in response to a particularly brutal rejection.” Her wide stance and hands on hips is reminiscent of a Sumo Wrestler at the beginning of a competition. The head of another self-portrait is hanging upside-down in the image. It now forms part of Hickeys “garment of trinkets, badges and armour from previous battles and creative wars.” This piece is a call to take up space, to grow bigger and stronger from experience.

About the sitter

This piece is a self portrait.

About the artist

Sarah Hickey is a Brisbane-based artist, muralist and designer. A Griffith University Queensland College of Art Graduate, her work has been a finalist in the Percival Portrait Award, Kennedy Art Prize, Redland Art Awards, Clayton Utz Art Award, Marie Ellis OAM Drawing Prize, Mandorla Art Award and SBS Portrait Prize.

“This self-portrait was made in response to a particularly brutal rejection.”

Behind the scenes