9 – 26 August 2019
Join us at the exhibition opening Friday 9 August at 6.30pm
Ailie Banks’ decision to be a DIY working illustrator and author is one of the most "rewarding, frustrating, scary, joyful and often lonely things" she’s undertaken. Created in the digital world, colourful graphic illustrations and axiomatic text portray Ailie’s lived experience and the experiences of the people she has intimate conversation with both on and off line.
"Art has made me feel strong and brave," says Ailie. "The women I draw are the women I am and want to be. I want them to make others feel seen and validated and empowered in the same way I feel when I create them."
"Their creation has liberated me into opportunities I could only dream of, art has been the vehicle for deep connection in my life and a way for me to process difficult emotions and experiences."
These women have found their way into Ailie's newly published book, The Book of Bitch. To celebrate the book's release, Platform Gallery will be exhibiting large scale illustrations from the book, from Ambitious Bitch to Zealous Bitch, and all the bitches in between.
Ailie was inspired to make this body of work during a time of deep self-reflection and analysis after entering full time therapy.
"I had been reflecting on my childhood and adolescence and realised the word bitch had been a constant in my life. The idea of being a bitch seemed so all-encompassing I knew I had to explore the topic and reassess what being labelled as a bitch means to me now.”
She will be talking about The Book of Bitch and her exhibition, in conversation with Bri Lee (author of Eggshell Skull) as part of the Blue Mountains Writers' Festival here in the gallery on Friday 23 August. Bookings here.
And join us for the blockbuster opening of Ailie's exhibition here at the gallery from 6.30pm on Friday 9th August.