Me (2021) / Legal (2021) / Open (2021)
Posca pen, Sharpie
29.7cm x 42cm
Ebony Hickey's expressive drawings were created using pen and marker on paper. Her practice is socially and politically engaged, responding to issues that affect her communities with a strong visual language that often interrogates concepts of individuality, adoption, sexuality, queerness and black identity. These works share a message of strength and hope for intercountry and bi-racial adoptees on a journey of self-discovery. Lines and patterns are used to discuss and challenge lived experiences of identity and race, often relying on the bold use of words – both written and spoken – to convey the immediacy of her message.
Ebony Hickey is a Haitian born, Australian contemporary artist with an interest in interrogating concepts of individuality, adoption, sexuality, queerness and black identity. Ebony draws on her life experience to inform the creation of her drawings and expressive sculptural forms, employing a diverse assortment of materials to compose her work. Performance is also an important element of her creative practice. In 2000, Ebony created the drag personality Koko Mass. Koko loves to perform songs with soul and is a bit of a badass who always speaks up and is honest about issues they face in society. Koko challenges perceptions head on whilst also having fun with their audience. Ebony’s practice is bold and politically engaged, responding to issues that affect her communities with a strong visual language she continues to explore. Ebony completed her Masters of Contemporary Art at Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne in 2020.