“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 attend to and befriend these internal states I suspect we won't be able to change them.”
   Inez de VegaInterview with Amy Marjoram2014

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 through photography and video, as well as social interaction in live art to investigate art's relationship with emotion; and the efficacy of art as an act of catharsis and transformation. 

Inez's visual tropes have been heavily influenced by the history of painting and cinema; while the personal narratives that are woven through her work are situated within a wider socio-political landscape. Having recently retired from performance, Inez is currently working on a durational textile collaboration with artist Amanda Laming about the history and treatment of patients in Victoria's psychiatric asylums.

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 Georges Mora Fellowship, 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.

Inez de Vega, Video Still, My Father The Fool

Inez de Vega, Video Still, My Father The Fool

Inez de Vega, Video Still, My Father The Fool

Inez de Vega, Video Still, Suite