This series of work is based upon personal experiences of culture, upbringing and womanhood. Half self-portraiture and half internal depictions, my work is a direct response to ideas of trauma through cultural upbringing and how personal experience of adolescent struggles have encapsulated my perception, so far, of the social world. An original influence, having grown up as a 2nd generation Australian-Greek, was the way in which this hybrid of identity has at once isolated and comforted me through my childhood and especially pubescent years. I drew especially on the experience of my grandma’s story telling and Greek mythology, and this technique of expression and storytelling. Having observed these traditions, I have also focused on the contemporary interpretation of culture and how the Melbournian Greek community uses culture and tradition as a way to sustain hierarchy over younger generations. In this series of work, I have tried to re contextualize these roots in culture to encapsulate a more general perspective of adolescence and lost innocence in the contemporary cultural framework. The series has a centralised focus on the body and its fetishized gaze. It is sexually suggestive, dodging between eroticism and pornographic violence. I use the body in a performative manner. It reflects a static suggestion, a state between girlhood and womanhood where my everyday experience of visual culture so often changes the way I view the female, the feminine and the woman. The works are an internal experience of these concepts and although they are figurative in their depiction, the depth of expression goes beyond the literal subject. It is in their suggestiveness that meaning is created, it is in the use of drawing with subtle elements of layering in paint that create a more complex viewing, looking beyond the direct, figurative reading of the work.