“Art is like a slow, wild psychoanalysis. You discover things about yourself and slowly dare to mention things you didn't before.”
Christian Boltanski,The Possible Lives of Christian Boltanski, 2010
“Beneath the veneer of strength that we are expected to present to the world, most of us carry disturbing complexes of fear, guilt and shame. Unless we acknowledge and befriend these internal states I suspect we won't be able to change them.”
Inez de Vega, Interview with Amy Marjoram, 2014
Australian artist Inez de Vega engages with performance as a way of understanding the world. Her practice is multi-faceted: she uses a variety of techniques such as storytelling in photography and video, as well as audience interaction in live art to investigate art's relationship with emotion; and the efficacy of performance as an act of catharsis. Creating visual tropes heavily influenced by the history of painting and cinema, Inez constructs theatrical representations of vulnerable, fallible women. In September 2016, she presented a solo exhibition, The Gifted Child: Leni Riefenstahl and the beyond, at the beautiful historic mansion of the Alliance Française de Melbourne.
In 2017 her project for the Georges Mora Fellowship will be realised at the State Library of Victoria in an exhibition exploring hysteria in performance. Inez was awarded the 2014/2015 Georges Mora Fellowship in partnership with State Library of Victoria.
Inez has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas, including at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Art Gallery of Ballarat and The Ararat Regional Art Gallery. Internationally, her work has been shown in Paris, Berlin, Milan, Chicago and China.
Among her list of grants and awards, Inez is the recipient of two Paris residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts (2015, 2013), the Moya Dyring Scholarship from the Art Gallery of NSW, an ArtStart grant from the Australia Council, the Orloff Family Scholarship, the Maude Glover Fleay Award and the Lionel Gell Scholarship. She has been a finalist in the Substation Contemporary Art Prize and has twice been shortlisted for the $25,000 Keith & Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Scholarship.