Local artist honoured to create Joondalup Library’s latest billboard


Skinny White Girl by Judy Rogers.
The Inside-Out Billboard.
Local artist honoured to create Joondalup Library’s latest billboard
Skinny White Girl by Judy Rogers. The Inside-Out Billboard.

LOCAL artist Judy Rogers said she was honoured to be commissioned to create the latest Joondalup Library billboard.

Skinny White Girl was recently installed on the City of Joondalup’s Inside-Out Billboard following Rogers’s participation in the 2017 Community Art Exhibition.

“This image at first glance is anti-heroic,” Rogers said.

“I am focusing on banal details which in art are often overlooked: the girl’s sombre expression, somewhat day-dreaming eyes, her hunched shoulders pushing against the wind.

“On closer inspection, the painting is laden with implied hidden narrative: the woman’s mysterious gaze looking out of the plane.

“There is tension between the natural and artificial.

“She is much more than the skinny, white girl on the billboard.”

Rogers said she researched many billboards from around the world and also drew on her local knowledge of the library and nearby courthouse.

“An important part of my selection was a memory of the sombre event when a 33-year-old woman was fatally stabbed by her partner during mediation in the Joondalup Courthouse on December 20, 2016,” she said.

“I also wanted to incorporate the constant presence of wind and the intense light in the location as I noticed it during my everyday coming and goings.

“And I wanted to communicate the three important values of beauty, vulnerability and strength.”

A previous Inside-Out Billboard commission, We Are Nature by Eric Hynynen, which featured on the Joondalup Library in 2015, has also be installed on the Joondalup Courthouse billboard as part of a rotation of artworks.

N As part of the City’s Mural Arts program, Fremantle artist Horatio T. Birdbath will this month start a three-month project at Whitfords Nodes in Hillarys, create a colourful mural on the recently-upgraded toilet block, involving the use of paint pens.

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