Julie Vinci is a multi-disciplinary artist focusing on female representation and role playing. Women are categorised, simplified and objectified in ways that are removed from their individual control – their roles are not fixed or static, but changeable. Vinci examines the boundaries and restrictions women have been struggling against as the ‘weaker sex’ through time. “I am fascinated by the labels and moral standing attributed to women based on arbitrary factors such appearance, wardrobe, use of make up etc. then to be used as justification for conjecture and judgement.” The photographic work mimics and parodies many of these ‘role’ stages through self-portraiture and documentation of performance. The use of textiles, sewing, and embroidery as a visual aid to call back to a time when needlework was ‘women’s work’ as defined by an old-world patriarchy. Vinci holds a Master of Contemporary Art, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, 2019.