My name is Deborah Eddy, I am 64 years old and live in Brisbane, Australia. I am a
mature age Fine Arts post graduate candidate who only recently returned to study
after a long career in administration and financial services. Like many women, I have
had many different lives.
I studied art at High School and on leaving attended Randwick Technical College
(Sydney) where I studied Graphic Design. I married young before I could commence
a career in advertising and immediately had children. As is so often the case for
women, marriage and family ended my artistic endeavours for a time. Work and
parenting were the priorities. I continued painting in my spare time, doing short
courses and workshops to feed my need for artistic expression.
In 2009 I commenced a Bachelor of Fine Art and Visual Culture via distance
learning. Doing my degree part-time enabled me to continue working which was
financially necessary. In 2014 I commenced a Bachelor of Fine Arts full time at
Queensland College of Art (Griffith University). I completed my undergraduate
studies in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours and the
University Medal for Academic Achievement. I also graduated as a feminist.
During my undergraduate studies, I exhibited in group shows and a solo show. I
have also shown my work at Pine Rivers Regional Gallery in Queensland and this
year I will be part of a group show titled Tightrope the gallery. Additionally, I have
won an award for sculpture and several private collectors own my paintings and
My art practice speaks of the inequalities suffered by aging women, in the home, in
the work place and on the street. I do so with humour, believing that will open more lines of discourse than anger. I utilise sculpture, costume making and video
performances to talk about these issues. My doctoral work is focusing on the
invisibility of aging women and how this aids and abets ageism.
I identify politically as an aging feminist. I occupy an intersectional space where the
issues affecting young women feminists collide with those affecting aging women.
Issues such as sexism, inequality in employment and wages and body image do not
go away as women age. These issues become deeply troubling for many older
women. Discrimination and stereotyping takes on a nasty edge, jobs dry up, wages
are less, and body image becomes a battle to hold back aging at all costs. Ageism is
another ‘ism’ to add to the grab bag of ‘isms’ that adversely affect women and this
needs to be recognised.
NB While I identify as a heterosexual woman I actively practice inclusive behaviour
to all LGBTQI people. Where I use the word woman or women I am speaking of
those who identify as women or other.