|Inez de Vega, Video Still, Dying Not to Be, 2013|
“Art is like a slow, wild psychoanalysis. You discover things about yourself and slowly dare to mention things you didn't before.”
Christian Boltanski,The Possible Lives of Christian Boltanski, 2010
"Beneath the veneer of strength that we are expected to present to the world, most of us carry disturbing complexes of fear, guilt or shame. Unless we acknowledge these internal states, I suspect we won't be able to change them."
Inez de Vega, Interview with Amy Marjoram, 2014
Australian artist Inez de Vega engages with performance as a way of approaching and understanding the world. Using the modalities of spoken-word, song and audience interaction, her work investigates affect, trauma, madness, and performance as an act of catharsis. She is currently researching and writing a show to be realised under the dome of the State Library of Victoria in 2017. Depicting new and historical ideas about hysteria, female psychology, institutionalisation and the ‘Other’, Performing Disorder! will bring to life stories of women who were incarcerated in Victoria’s psychiatric institutions.
Inez holds the 2014/2015 Georges Mora Fellowship in partnership with State Library of Victoria. In 2014, her work Bed Therapy was performed live at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Arts in which she invited participants, one at a time, to climb into her double-bed and discuss their feelings. In the same year, she was a finalist in the Substation Contemporary Art Prize.
Inez has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas, including at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Nellie Castan Gallery, Art Gallery of Ballarat, West Space and The Ararat Regional Art Gallery. Internationally, her work has been shown in Paris, Berlin, Milan, Chicago and China. Among her list of grants and awards, she is the recipient of an ArtStart grant from the Australia Council (2012), the Orloff Family Scholarship (2011), the Maude Glover Fleay Award (2010) and the Lionel Gell Scholarship (2010). She has twice been shortlisted for the $25,000 Keith & Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Scholarship (2013, 2011), and was a finalist in the $10,000 Wallara Scholarship (2010).
In 2013 Inez undertook a two-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, which was awarded to her by the Art Gallery of NSW. In September 2015, constituting part of the development for Performing Disorder!, Inez will participate in a two-month writing residency at Centres Intermondes in La Rochelle, France.