My artistic practice has emerged from an undying need to express myself and my frustrations with the dominant paradigm. I explore this tension in my work, giving voice to the imperfect lower-class queers, self-taught fringe dwellers, mundane realities and hilarious pitfalls of being human.
Creative self expression is healing. As a performance artist, I am able to push boundaries and activate spaces, offer new perspectives, celebrate imagination, cultivate an atmosphere of empathy and acceptance and most importantly, help us to laugh at ourselves. These things unite us and make us feel less alone. My acceptance to Banff Centre is some kind of unicorn miracle. As a marginalised voice in the industry, to have my work recognised in this way will likely open doors to future collaborations, funding opportunities, world-wide exposure, and will support me to further cement my practice within the Australian sector. Being largely self taught, I will benefit greatly from the creatively nurturing environment the centre provides, as well as strengthening my creative resolve and collaboration skills.
As the turn-around time is very short for this program, I am unable to apply for government funding, so you are my only hope! Your donation will help me cover costs related to flights, program fees & travel insurance. If I happen to exceed my target, I will use extra funds for any program related equipment, materials and to cover any further exploration of this project during my time abroad. During my time at Banff Centre, I will create a new body of work entitled Progress is an Angel which I plan to exhibit back home in Australia. I will also post updates, videos and insights to my instagram @carlyfern and vimeo pages so you can follow my process and send me real-time feedback.
Thank you so much for your support.