Angelique Joy

Angelique hand-makes detailed soft-sculptures from vintage textiles, based on botanical forms. Angelique imagines these forms as biomorphic creatures. These caring creatures become non-human kin, offering divergent modes of care (maternal). Angelique expands these forms into the digital dimension through photography and 3D scanning, creating virtual encounters with these creatures (cyborg experiences).

Visual artist
PhD candidate @ RMIT School of Art
Botanical mother, cyborg speculations
Textural assemblages - analogue & digital

Angelique Joy is a multidisciplinary visual artist working with photography, moving image, textile sculpture and virtual extensions of their work. Consistently, throughout their practice Angelique has used self portraiture/performance, textiles and botanicals. They are particularly interested in exploring how each being, both human and non, unfolds, is constructed and performed – within the spaces we inhabit, the spaces we claim, and the spaces we are kept from.

Angelique’s practice is informed by their Neuroqueer lived experience and through the intersecting frameworks of posthumanism, queer theory and xenofeminism. Their current work is exploring technologically mediated selves and divergent modes of care – botanical mother, cyborg speculations.

Angelique is currently a PhD candidate at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) School of Art and has completed a Masters of Photography at RMIT. Prior to their masters, they completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts: Photography and a Bachelor of Contemporary Art and Design: Honours at the School of Art, University of South Australia (UniSA).

Angelique has exhibited works nationally as a 2021 Bowness finalist, Fishers Ghost finalist and Head On Photography Festival semi-finalist, along with being a 2022 Waterhouse SA Museum finalist. They have shown works internationally at the 2022 Bandung Photography Triennale in Bandung, Indonesia and the 2022 Pingyao International Photography Festival in the Pingyao Ancient City, China. Locally, Angelique has been the recipient of the FELTspace ARI Graduate Award, and a finalist at the Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition and SALA Festival: Unitedcare Moving Image Award.

Angelique is currently living, working and creating on Kaurna Land (Adelaide), and learning, working and creating in connection with Naarm (Melbourne).