This body of work makes an embellished reference to westernized ideals of exotic culture. Through the medium of photography Estella has created her own interpretation on the theme of multi-cultural identity. Her knowledge and understanding of these places is limited to fractured portrayals and it is these representations that her work encompasses. Through our own pop cultural filtering, our perceptions of international tradition and custom have shifted. Cultural characteristics mish mash together to create hybrids of old and new.
The imagery is self-aware of its stereotype, and purposely embellishes upon these ideals. Estella has employed the use of certain strategies to highlight this; excessiveness, extravagance and bold use of supporting and suggestive symbols. She has strived to evoke a sense of recognition within the viewer by presenting them with a familiar interpretation of these cultural rituals and stereotypes.
Estella Mason – A rising star – In 2013 she was selected to exhibit in the touring exhibition Artrage which features the best of high school art students from around Tasmania & a finalist in the 2013 RACT Youth Portraiture Prize & also in 2013 was a finalist and received two Bronze placings in the International Loupe Awards.