Natalie is currently working on a set of collector cards that showcase 50 North American and Australian-based circus, burlesque and sideshow performers, for which she received an Australia Council for the Arts Young and Emerging Skills and Arts Development grant. Referencing similar cards in circulation in the early 1900s that featured legendary freak acts from the worlds of sideshow and the midway, these swap cards aim to showcase the contemporary “freak” acts from the revived traditions of circus, burlesque and sideshow, whose acts transgress current notions of gender identity, ideals of physical beauty and critique notions of the ‘exotic’ and ‘other’. In 2008 she completed the collaborative project 52 Pick Up, a deck of truck stop-themed playing cards that featured 54 roadside-themed pin-up photographs of Sydney-based burlesque, circus and performance artists.
She is also currently working on the forthcoming 70-page illustrated story At World's End. This story is set inside a mental institution in the 1940s and explores the real and imaginary worlds of one patient. It is a collaboration with writer Elyza Touzeau.
As Elijah approaches a subject, his materials change drastically. Each new installation, song, collage, and painting is another attempt at communication through yet another language. Elijah has been a creative organizer of events in his community for years, and in the last few years has continually shown new work at exhibitions in his hometown and beyond, received NEA funding for his projects, and taken on running a collective art space. This will be his first residency and we are so excited to see what he does.