By Tamara Perett
Medium & Materials: Oil on Canvas
Measurements: 152 x 91 cm
They Were Just Really Good Friends (2023)
Tamara is a young, queer, multi-disciplinary artist based in Melbourne/Naarm working across mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture and video performance. Her artistic practice explores how self-reflexive eroticism and sexual exploration through art can be a gesture of feminine empowerment and notes the faculty of bodily decadence.
As a young, queer, multi-disciplinary artist based in Melbourne/Naarm, Tamara explores the empowering potential of self-reflexive eroticism and sexual exploration in art, emphasizing the faculty of bodily decadence. Across a trans-disciplinary practice, they navigate the complexities of sex, sexuality, identity, and pleasure, normalizing these notions within the context of art. Inspired by the female form in Western art history, Tamara challenges the conventional hetro-patriarchal Male Gaze, situating their practice between a Female and Queer Gaze. This positioning creates a space for autonomy, identity, and desirability to flourish without inhibition, ultimately exemplifying a sense of exploration, comfort, and empowerment in feminine sexuality and desire.