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Consider the Tomboy - independent, adventurous, outdoors, free, pertaining to elements of social surprise. Climbing trees; cutting up worms; might be the stuff a girl who wouldn’t be seen dead playing with dolly’s gets up to, but does this render her a Tomboy? What clues contribute to our impression of a girl who is a Tomboy, when not observed outdoors roughing it up and behaving akin to a ‘rambunctious boy’ – a Hoyden?
Wildfang is an exploration into the territory of tomboyism and shines a torch on its under representation beyond childhood in popular culture. Through photography and conversations with self identified Tomboys, the work responds to the literal experience of the tomboy through differing stages of adulthood, whilst mapping the landscape of the metaphorical and poetic associations of this aspect of the female experience.
Lesley Turnbull is a Scottish lens based artist living and working in Melbourne.
Through photography, sequential, fragmented or otherwise, Turnbull explores the ambiguity of human identity and the transformative potential of landscapes. Her recent body of work, shot in Northern Scotland speaks to an inherent tension between freedom and remoteness. Work is exhibited in Australia and Europe.
For more information about the project and to view more works visit https://lesley-turnbull.com