Stroke of success

Master of Visual Art

With a research masters in visual arts from the QCA, Abbey was a finalist in the Archibald Prize in both 2007 and 2009. Her work has also been featured in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Frankie Magazine.

“When I first graduated, it felt impossible to see a future as a practising artist and to be able to make a living at the same time. I have always felt determined as far as my art goes, I could never have predicted that I’d get to do what I love for a living.

“Returning to the QCA to undertake my masters taught me to take stock of things and to develop an understanding of how important it is to always dig that little bit deeper,’ she said.

“My paintings have always centred on the duality of femininity—the promised package of what it means to be a woman on both the surface and beneath it. “I like to focus on the idea of any sort of proposed reality, the manufactured expectations aligning with the insecurities that most women actually face.”

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