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Celeste Mountjoy

Hello! Where are you from? What is important to you?

Hello, I'm from Melbourne. Art is most important to me but I also enjoy people and music.


Can you describe your first experience with feminism, or perhaps when you first identified as a feminist?

I remember being small and hearing a lot of people around me talking about feminism in a negative way, and so I didn't really identify as one because of that. As I grew up I started educating myself on things like that and forming my own opinions, these days I strongly identify as a feminist.


Sleepover Club is about collective action and art making, but also about joining the broader conversation on feminism, how does your work translate the female experience?

One thing I try to focus on is how female bodies are viewed, I like drawing my women and men with all different kinds of body types. We are surrounded by a lot of airbrushed bodies and fake boobs and I think it's important for people to understand that most humans don't look like that and definitely shouldn't have to. 


Your work is very raw and honest for someone so young, can you speak about the themes and issues you explore in your work?

I guess I like to explore humans, none of us are flawless and very few people want to show their imperfections. I like to shine a light on things that make us people. Lots of focus on addiction, love, intense emotions.


Have you encountered sexism in your personal experience of the art world?

I'm pretty young so I haven't been in the art world that long, I can't say I've encountered anything I'd deem sexism. I do get some negative comments from people who are uncomfortable with some of the stuff I draw, Some people get grossed out by hairy ladies, and seeing girl nipples that don't belong to pornstars. But that's ok, I don't expect everyone to like what I make.


Can you share with us your favourite female artists/activists/role models?

My biggest role model has probably been my mum, she taught me a lot of great things from a very young age and still continues to do so. She was also the one who introduced me to art and would always draw with me when I was very tiny. Some of my favourite female artists (certainly not all) would be Frida Kahlo, Tracey Emin, Yoko Ono, Pollynor, Chezla Mae Spina, Clair Bai, and the ladies at Hot Chicks with Big Brains!!

Art: Filthy Rat Bag