They: Studies of Tonie
My body of work celebrates the life and creative brilliance of a dear family friend, Tonié Field – queer, gender-diverse feminist, ARIA award-winning guitarist, performer and model. My intent was to represent the visceral ‘now’ of their craft through pencil drawings of a variety of their characters and idiosyncratic expressions. This work honours people of marginalised identities, especially queer women, men and people of colour. As a young musician and artist, Tonié inspires me to not strictly follow a road paved by tradition, but to constantly challenge and reinvent, and be as bold, brave and courageous as they are.