Plate 8

(11) Fiona Knight – Strong and willing workers (Australia)

About this Artwork

Artwork. Art is work. ‘Strong and willing workers’ reflects on how we rely on the Arts to entertain us and we expect artists, performers and creatives to give away our labour for a good cause and for free. As of 7 April 2020, 53% of arts businesses and recreations services are closed according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

‘Strong and willing workers’ is the title of an article from ‘The story of animal life- Creatures of the land, the air and the sea’ in Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge – Volume 1. The article discusses of how elephants domesticated and used to move timber in locations like Rangoon and Ceylon.

To support the discrepancy between the current situation for the arts sector and the domestication of elepahnts for our labour; the elephants are arranged decorously for your entertainment, dancing around the statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on layers of ink.

About Fiona

I am based in Melbourne where I make drawings, collages, and mixed media artworks, soaking them in humour and all with a conceptual bent. My art works often reference pop culture and history; playing with layers whether it be in meaning or media or stylistic conventions like fashion illustration.

My art practice started as a way to draw out and push ideas, and it has become a way to communicate with my circle, artist collaborators and society. I explore ideas and concepts and ask questions about the human condition; the art works present as idiosyncratic and heartfelt, and they occasionally appear like slaughtered sacred cows.

In recent days, I have started swimming in wax and exploring the possibilities of encaustic wax paintings and perfumed wax sculptures. I work with two groups: EP collective and Wundergym. Both groups are loose and fabulous groups of

Link to Fiona’s Art Aviso profile HERE

Fiona was provided with the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:

Volume 1
The story of animal life-creatures of the land, the air and the sea.
Strong and willing workers.