Frances Cannon

:: AGE

23

:: LOCATION

Melbourne, Australia

:: MEDIUM

INK!! Coloured ink and black ink and sparkly ink on really nice thick watercolour paper.

:: IDENTIFIES AS

I identify as a female, and present myself femme most of the time. I think that sexuality is fluid, but I am currently in a relationship with a (very cute and wonderful) man. I am non-religious but I respect everyone's right to believe what they want to believe. I believe that life is truly special and we should treat humans and the earth with respect, and act sustainably (or as much as we can). I believe that we are never perfect, but working hard and trying your best is so important! I believe that women are POWERFUL.

 

As a womxn, why do you think it is important to create?

AH! We are so powerful and we have so much wisdom to impart on the world! Creativity and art/music/the arts are the oldest and most poignant way of communication and sharing. Communication is the only way of making true and good change in the world!

What has been your proudest moment as an artist/creative?

Being invited by other artists/creatives to be involved in group shows have been such positive moments for me as an artist. Working together with other artists to create something powerful is such a great experience.

How do you define love?

LOVE is showing forgiveness, understanding and kindness towards yourself and other people.

What is the space that you like to create in?

At the moment I have a studio at my university, but next year I hope to have a home studio! My working space is always very messy and haphazard.

What do you like to listen to while you create?

It depends on the day or my mood, but currently I am obsessed with musical soundtracks like Wicked, Matilda, Les Miserables, and West Side Story 😀

What is your earliest memory of making art?

I can remember making drawings ever since I was a toddler! I loved drawing characters for the stories I would make up in my head. I drew lots of girls (still do!) and animals, and I loved creating worlds and houses and outfits for the characters I created.

Do you have any words of advice for young womxn/artist/creators out there?

WORK HARD. If you want to succeed you have to work for it. Apply for shows (if thats what you want to do), make contacts with other artists in your area, be loud on social media… Most importantly be passionate about what you’re making!

What social issues do you care about most?

I think everything can be summed up with ACCESS TO EDUCATION. All of the worlds issues can start to be fixed if children (both boys and girls) all over the globe have access to education, learning materials, and safe spaces to learn.

What could you not live without?

My phone. My business, my art, my social media accounts all rely on my phone. I also have family and loved ones who live overseas, so without skype/facebook I wouldn’t be able to easily contact them.   

Frances, we admire your work and the message you spread of body positivity, self love (hug fans of the #selfloveclub!), and showing kindness towards ourselves and others.  You are #light and #love and #power. Thank you for sharing your WHOLE self and reminding us how truly special we are.