‘Don’t bully yourself by constantly comparing your work and your output to other people; some people work quickly and some more slowly, some have more time, or more access to materials.’
‘As a person of colour, in the arts it’s an exciting time where for the first time it feels like voices and stories from diverse communities can just ‘be’, rather than curtailing to a white framework as a given.’
‘I have been thinking a lot of the power imbalance between artists and curators / arts workers. Inequality runs so deep within this power structure. I believe that there is so much to be done, to be changed.’
‘What I am suggesting is that some people may have either multiple senses of belonging to diverse cultures or no sense of belonging even to one culture at all.’
‘Fantasy literature shaped me wholly... fantasy as a mode is about transformation & so is poetry itself. It rearranges the possible.’
'Exposing the ways that those discordant parts exist is important to me: here I am, I do exist, & I’m probably not the only weirdo in this situation so I’d like to connect to people who can understand. Liminality is the only constant thing about me.'
'There is a tendency to only talk about exploitation of workers in the garment industry as something that happens overseas, but it happened in Australia for a long time.'
‘We deserve to be happy. We have the right to be seen, and the right to demand to be seen.’
'Musical theatre is shockingly white, and a lot of ‘classic’ favourites are decades old and racist in content and casting. However, the way those stories are told is deeply familiar.'
‘Pursuing a career in the creative fields is a luxury... When you've struggled to put food on the table, the mentality is often ‘why would you go out and choose to deliberately be poor?’