Gen Townsend

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Artist & Facilitator based in Melbourne living and creating on the land of the Kulin nations.


My pronouns are she/her.










Artist & Facilitator based in Melbourne living and creating on the land of the Kulin nations.
My pronouns are she/her

 

Illustration first published by FYA (2020): Young Artists Examine Life In The Time If COVID-19 > 



COVID-19 looks like cancelled shows,
denial, acceptance, bank accounts low.
Galleries, studios, doors closed shut;
projects on the line and thousands cut.

Quiet at home but, damn, noise is LOUD!
So many opinions in the online crowd.
Do I post to share or to prove, I wonder;
Fear I might steal the experts’ thunder.

Those racing to buy, to get tested first
Same old, same old are feeling the thirst.
Now we’re blended together, at full speed
Our common pain exposing the greed.
Those with power sharpening knives
Uprooting even wealthier lives.
Each action matters in the whirlwind flood
Slow the blender from drawing more blood.

In the meantime, becoming reconnected
with care and truth, enough has been deflected.
Social support is perhaps coming through
because, indeed, we always had the option to…

To question centuries of inequality here,
to appreciate what happens under crippling fear,
to empathise when families are forcibly separated,
to see how our collective creativity patiently waited.





 
Say hello with an email - gentownsend.artist@gmail.com


I acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Custodians and Elders - past, present and emerging, of the Kulin Nation on which I work and create. I recognise Aboriginal connection to material and creative practice on these lands for more than 60,000 years, and celebrate First Nation peoples' enduring presence and knowledge.