"Paintings don't tell one story, they tell many."
Aida Tomescu
If I had to describe myself in one word, it would be 'melodist' - soaring, lyrical melodies are the trademark of my work.
Visual Artist

Genevieve Memory's interdisciplinary visual arts practice is centred around portraiture and self-portraiture, her overarching themes being identity and the mind. She also works in composing, curation and arts writing.

Her interest in trans-disciplinary mark-making and in challenging traditional visual art codes and conventions is paralleled by her belief that people have more in common than in difference.

Genevieve's expanded practice combines painting and sculpture with fabric and textiles to create hybrid art objects imbued with poetic resonance; her textural colour field abstractions explore the inner workings of the mind; and her contemporary tonal realist portraits tell the stories of everyday people through an egalitarian lens.

The semiotics of the dress, Genevieve's rolling project, challenges viewers to reconsider rigid gender and identity boundaries in contemporary society by interrogating the sign-value of women’s clothing and its relationship to gender bias. Many theorists including Eco, Barthes and Wilson have proposed that clothing functions as a system of signs, or a kind of language. By using women’s clothing in her practice, she aims to engage viewers in a discussion about what it means to identify or be identified as a woman, non-binary or other person today.  This work is important in the broader context because gender equality for women has not been achieved in Australia - women and girls of all identities continue to face disadvantage and discrimination due to persisting conscious and unconscious biases, evidenced by realities such as the widening gender pay gap. 


Genevieve argues that clothing and textiles are universal, transcending cultural boundaries, and that through the concept of absence presence and with a hint of the uncanny, the women's clothing she uses stands in for the women themselves.

Genevieve is currently artist in residence at Sculptors Qld on the Old Museum Building site.  She has just been named a finalist in the biennial Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize at the Lismore Regional Gallery with her isolation self-portrait No judging (me and my curlew gang).  Genevieve is looking forward to her upcoming residency with the Tweed Regional Gallery in January 2021 and is planning for her next solo show, which will be in the historic Sidespace Gallery in Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, in April 2021.

Individual Visual Art exhibitions

April 2021 - The Semiotics of the Dress (Hobart), Sidespace Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart

November 2020 - Object memory poem, residency open studio, Sculptors Qld, Bowen Hills

February-March 2020 - Dress Shop Window Wonderland, Window Gallery, Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Strathpine

October 2019-ongoing - Revolving solo exhibition at The Post Lounge, film & television post-production house, Woolloongabba

September 2019 - My shiny new egalitarianism, Glass Box Gallery, Griffith QCA Southbank

August 2019 - The Semiotics of the Dress (Bendigo)/The Wondering Project (community collaborative art project), Dudley House, Bendigo (to coincide with the Bendigo community choir Women of Note's 20th Anniversary Gala)

March 2019 - The Semiotics of the Dress, Grey Street Gallery, Griffith QCA Southbank

August 2018 - Pictures of You, Glass Box Gallery, Griffith QCA Southbank

July - December 2017 - Outside In, Level 2, St Vincent's Private Hospital Brisbane

January - October 2016 - Outside In, Level 8, St Vincent's Private Hospital Brisbane

Group Visual Art exhibitions

TBA 2020 - Hall & Wilcox Acquisitive Art Show 2020, Brisbane CBD (postponed due to COVID)

July 2020 - Member's Annual, RQAS

March 2020 - PERSIST, International Women's Day show at Glass Box, Griffith QCA

January 2020 - Boiling Point, The Third Quarter gallery, Brisbane

January 2020 - Fifty Squared, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

August 2019 - Gems from the Closet, RQAS

October-November 2018 - Nobody wants to leave this party, Griffith QCA Graduate Exhibition

April 2018 - Blood and Water, Greaser Bar, Fortitude Valley

February 2018 - Green, Percolator Gallery

January - February 2018 - Expanded, Pop Gallery

July 2017 - Impressions 11, Impress Studios and Gallery

June 2017 - Outside In launch exhibition, St Vincent's Private Hospital Brisbane

February 2017 - New Ways of Seeing exhibition, privately hosted with Perrin Millard and guests

July 2016 - 50 Hour Print Project exhibition, White Box Gallery, Griffith University QCA 

June 2016 - Outside In launch exhibition, St Vincent's Private Hospital Brisbane

May 2016 - The Abstract Exhibition, RQAS

April 2016 - Harold and Agnes Richardson Memorial Drawing Prize, RQAS

March 2016 - Diversity in Print Prize, RQAS

February 2016 - New Ways of Seeing exhibition, privately hosted with Perrin Millard

November 2015 - Dirty Fingers, Love Love Studios Milton


January 2021 - Tweed Regional Gallery Artist In Residence program, Murwillumbah

September-November 2020 - Sculptors Queensland Artist In Residence program, Brisbane

Visual art awards and exhibitions

November 2020-January 2021 - Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize, Lismore Regional Gallery, finalist for No judging (me and my curlew gang)

October-November 2019 - 44th Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards, finalist for Untitled (silver shift dress)

May 2019 - Moreton Bay Region Art Awards, finalist for Pink party dress (for Jenny) (2D category/painting)

August - October 2018 - Redland Art Awards, finalist for The Three Graces (biennial contemporary painting award)

May 2018 - Moreton Bay Region Art Awards, finalist for Linen dress (3D category/expanded sculpture)

Curation and co-curation

February-March 2020 - Hall & Wilcox group show, Brisbane (postponed due to COVID-19)

August 2019 - The Semiotics of the Dress (Bendigo)/The Wondering Project (Bendigo) community collaborative art project (sole curator)

March 2019 - The Semiotics of the Dress, Grey Street Gallery (sole curator)

February 2018 - Green, Percolator Gallery (co-curator)

January - February 2018 - Expanded, Pop Gallery (sole curator)

February 2017 - New Ways of Seeing (co-curator)

February 2016 - New Ways of Seeing (co-curator)

Artist talks

September 2020 - Solo artist talk and community engagement activity for Sculptors Qld residency Objects as memory-keepers and relics of material culture: How objects inform our identities

March 2019 - Two solo artist talks for The Semiotics of the Dress

January 2018 - Group artist talk for Expanded

Collaborative art projects

March-August 2019 - The Wondering Project (Bendigo), Dudley House. A collaborative art project with the women from the Bendigo community choir, Women of Note



2020 - Object memory poem, exhibition catalogue essay

2020 - Objects as memory-keepers and relics of material culture: How objects inform our identities, artist talk

2019 - The Semiotics of the Dress (Bendigo), exhibition catalogue essay

2019 - The Power of Feminism and Feminist Art in the Contemporary Moment, long-form essay

2019 - The Semiotics of the Dress, exhibition catalogue essay

2019 - Griffith University diary, Pictures of You portrait series, 2017-18

2018 (25 November) - Redlands Art and Culture, The Great Day Out, Channel 7, The Three Graces features in this short video as part of the Redland Art Awards 2018 http://thegreatdayout.com.au/episodes/redlands-art-and-culture

2018 - Centenary, a collection of interviews with introductory essay to accompany the portrait series of the same name


Visual Art collections

2018 - Centenary book of interviews, National Library of Australia and State Library of Queensland John Oxley Library

2016-2017 - Artworks, St Vincent's Private Hospital Brisbane

2016-ongoing - Artworks, private collections

Visual Art education

2015-June 2019 - Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) with Distinction, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University

Visual Art education awards

2019 - Graduated with Distinction, Bachelor of Fine Art, Griffith University

2018 - Academic Excellence award, Bachelor of Fine Art, Griffith University

2017 - Academic Excellence award, Bachelor of Fine Art, Griffith University

2016 - Academic Excellence award, Bachelor of Fine Art, Griffith University

2015 - Academic Excellence award, Bachelor of Fine Art, Griffith University


Visual Art workshops and training

June 2020 - Knowing Fabric, Hannah Gartside, makingart.work online project, IMA

June 2020 - Crisis and Denial, online forum, University of South Australia and The Conversation

October 2019 - Brisbane Portrait Prize Symposium, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University

September - October 2019 - observational drawing and painting classes with David Fenoglio at Atelier, Salisbury

March 2019 - professional practice workshops in pitching and grant-writing

October 2018 - Legal workshop for creative practitioners with Arts Law, Artisan

November 2017 - January 2018 - Gerhard Richter lecture series, QAGOMA

October 2017 - Gerhard Richter: Questions for Painters postgraduate symposium, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University

January 2017 - Etching course (hard and soft ground) with Simon White, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne

November 2016 - Etching and Collagraph Combined workshop with Gwenn Tasker, Impress Studios, Kedron

October 2016 - Print-making workshop (monoprint, chine colle, drypoint and screenprint) with Nancy Brown, BIA, Windsor

May 2016 - Shibori indigo dying workshop with Claudia Husband, South Brisbane

January 2016 - Etching course (hard-ground with aquatint) with Martin King, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne


Visual Art memberships

2020 - Guildhouse

2020 - Sculptors Qld

2020 - Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart

2020 - Royal Queensland Art Society, Brisbane branch

2019 - NAVA

2016-19 - Griffith University QCA Printmakers' Club

2016-17 - Print Council of Australia

Genevieve began composing while at school and gave her first public performance of an original composition at age 15.  Her University of Qld composition tutors included Colin Brumby, Robert Boughen and Philip Bracanin.  At the Jacques Dalcroze Institute in Geneva, she took classes in piano improvisation which complimented her more traditional Australian musical training.

Genevieve’s composition practice evolved organically when she began teaching, writing music as required to suit the needs of her students and choristers.  Her works are scored for choir in various voicings, solo piano, solo flute, solo voice, cello and piano accompaniment, percussion ensemble, small mixed ensemble, and recorder consort.  Genevieve’s compositional style ranges from contemporary art music, minimalism, neo-romanticism, and medieval dance music through to folk and popularist anthems and ballads.  Discernible commonalities across the work are user-friendly, singable, memorable melodies and strong harmonic foundations.

Career highlights for Genevieve include winning the Melbourne Women’s Choir Call for Scores with Sleep and dreams (2003) and being commissioned to write the massed choir piece for the Victorian choral festival Come To The Music (2019).  Genevieve’s compositions have been performed around Australia by school and community groups, with Wishing for the Cloths of Heaven a favourite at weddings and Two Songs about Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah a popular eisteddfod choice.


Music representation

2020 - Pedagogical Artist, Australian Music Centre


Music publications

2020 - National Library of Australian and State Library of Queensland, complete set of printed works

2011-ongoing - Preliminary Grade SCSM Piano Examination Album, Banquet

2002 - Cited in Year 1-10 The Arts Curriculum, Queensland School Curriculum Council, as appropriate contemporary compositions for use in schools

2000 -ongoing - Self-publisher of original compositions


Music commissions

2018-19 - Massed choir piece for Women of Note 20th Anniversary Gala and Victorian choral festival Come to the Music, Bendigo, Victoria

2001 - Private commission

2001 - Recorder consort piece for St Laurence's College, South Brisbane


Music awards

2003 - Winner, Melbourne Women's Choir call for scores, Sleep and Dreams

Individual Music recordings

2000 - Scenes from an Imaginary Film, self-published


Group Music recordings

2009 - Sleep and Dreams, Voices of Birralee, directed by Julie Christiansen OAM

2005 - THE SYSTEM insane music, published by Brisbane Montessori School

1997 - Let Your Light Shine, published by Clayfield College


Music collections

2020 - Complete set of printed works, National Library of Australia and State Library of Queensland John Oxley Library (delivery post-COVID19 shutdowns)

2000-ongoing - Private, community and school collections


Music memberships

2000 - Australian Music Centre

1993-1999 - Brisbane North District Review Panel member for Senior Music, Board of Senior Secondary School Studies


Music teaching

1995-1996 - Adult musicianship teacher, Clayfield School of Music, Brisbane

1991 - 2007 - Classroom music teacher, various state and private high schools and primary schools, Brisbane and Toowoomba

Music and Language education, workshops and training

2009-2013 - French language Levels 2-6, Institute of Modern Languages, University of Qld

2000-ongoing - Self-publisher of original compositions

1988-ongoing - Composer

1994-1998 - Choral conducting classes, various institutions

1993-1998 - Kodaly method classes in music and voice, Clayfield School of Music, Brisbane

1992 - Dalcroze method classes in music, movement and piano improvisation, Institut Jacques Dalcroze, Geneva, Switzerland

1987-1990 - Bachelor of Music Education (Classroom), University of Queensland

1987-1988 - German language, second subject in education degree, University of Queensland

1985-1990 - Queensland Youth Orchestra member QYOI (now QYSO), QYO II, QYO III



Community service

2019 - Devised, co-ordinated and produced the community collaborative art project, The Wondering Project, with the women of the community choir Women of Note, Bendigo. The project asked participants to reflect on a key experience in their lives as women

2012, 2014 - Fortnightly supply and delivery of a meal to a family with a disabled child, Brisbane

2002–2006 - Volunteer in the roles of Vice-President, Secretary and Newsletter Editor, CleftPALS Qld (cleft palate and lip society), Brisbane

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