Katherine Bradford is known for her vibrant palette and eccentric compositions. Often built up over months and sometimes years, Bradford’s paintings are textured, semi-transparent coats of acrylic paint, with hints of pentimenti exposed in the finished surface. Her recent works revisit several of her favored motifs, such as ships and swimmers—traditional and enduring subjects seen throughout art history. Bradford’s canvases, however, are more ominous, and often improbable in comparison to the relative calm of James McNeill Whistler’s paintings or Paul Cézanne’s portraits of bathers.
NR, 2013, 88 min.
Nominated for four Australian Academy Awards including Best Documentary and Best Director, this inspirational documentary paints a clear picture of the reality of what it means to be a girl in the 21st century — that you are more likely to be subjected to violence, disease, poverty and disadvantage than any other group on Earth. The film introduces five girls coming of age in the way their culture dictates, whose remarkable heart-warming stories are full of resilience, bravery and humor.