Lauren McCartney


Film / Moving Image, Performance Art, Visual Art


II, 2020 is the second video in the performative series Here, with a bang! that parodies the burlesque balloon pop as a catalyst to explore how women engage with absurd and playful approaches to performing their bodies seductively. The work confronts constructed expectations of feminine sexual expression, offering defiant corporeal feminism in its place.

The loud, disruptive pops of the balloons juxtapose the soft, overtly feminine dance with sounds that have violent undertones, further distancing the performance from being a pleasurable indulgence.



Lauren McCartney is a multidisciplinary feminist artist who is based in Dharawal Country/Wollongong, New South Wales. Her work parodies objectification and conventions of appropriate female behaviour. She creates situations where her body is humorously exaggerated to the degree that she becomes a spectacle and an object of laughter, whilst simultaneously disrupting stereotypes and myths about femininity and misbehaviour. McCartney’s practice offers the concept that through failing with her materials and her body, she succeeds in creating her work.

McCartney holds a PhD (2018) through Curtin University and a Bachelor of Creative Arts (2010) (Honours Class I) from the University of Wollongong. Her work has been collected by the Art Gallery of Western Australia. She has exhibited her work, attended residencies and participated in presentations on her practice both nationally and internationally.


IG: @laurenmccartneyartist


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