Artist de­lighted with bill­board hon­our

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

LO­CAL artist Judy Rogers said she was hon­oured to be com­mis­sioned to cre­ate the lat­est Joon­dalup Li­brary bill­board.

Skinny White Girl was re­cently in­stalled on the City of Joon­dalup’s In­side-Out Bill­board fol­low­ing Rogers’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 2017 Com­mu­nity Art Ex­hi­bi­tion.

“This im­age at first glance is anti-heroic,” Rogers said.

“I am fo­cus­ing on ba­nal de­tails which in art are of­ten over­looked: the girl’s som­bre ex­pres­sion, some­what day-dream­ing eyes, her hunched shoul­ders push­ing against the wind.

“On closer in­spec­tion, the paint­ing is laden with im­plied hid­den nar­ra­tive: the woman’s mys­te­ri­ous gaze look­ing out of the plane. There is ten­sion be­tween the nat­u­ral and ar­ti­fi­cial.

“She is much more than the skinny white girl on the bill­board.”

Rogers said she re­searched many bill­boards from around the world and also drew on her lo­cal knowl­edge of the li­brary and nearby court­house.

“An im­por­tant part of my se­lec­tion was a mem­ory of the som­bre event when a 33-year-old woman was fa­tally stabbed in the Joon­dalup Court­house on De­cem­ber 20, 2016,” she said.

“I also wanted to in­cor­po­rate the con­stant pres­ence of wind and the in­tense light in the lo­ca­tion. I wanted to com­mu­ni­cate the three im­por­tant val­ues of beauty, vul­ner­a­bil­ity and strength.”

Skinny White Girl by Judy Rogers.

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