“We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are,” said Anais Nin — but what does that mean in these selfie-taking times? We use social media to share our thoughts and to cultivate our identities. We build our sense of selves through snaps and posts, and we form opinions of others through their online presence. We know that they do likewise.
There's plenty of food for thought in the topic, so custom garment printers The Print Bar and creative collective The Push have asked 16 female artists to chew it over. Not Yr Sweetheart is the result, pondering who we want to appear to be in our current social media-heavy climate, and doing so through graffiti, jewellery, photography, large-scale murals, ceramics, print making, illustration, typography, sound and fashion design.
It's a diverse showcase of fluid personalities, a celebration of a handpicked group of local talent, and — like our internet-mediated images — whatever we perceive it to be. It's also a chance to support Australian (and one US) creatives as you're laughing, questioning, dancing and interacting with their works, with all sale profits going back to the artists and their efforts to forge their identities.