The Matriarch (Edith Cowan)

The Matriarch (Edith Cowan)


Beading on Silk/Vintage Fabrics              Size: 380 x 500


2021 is the 100th Anniversary of the first female to enter the Australian parliament. 


Born in Geraldton, Western Australia, Edith Cowan overcame a violent past dedicating her life to social and political reform.


A combination of historical photographs has been used in the design of this image.


My intention was to capture Cowan’s stoic persona, notably the sadness in her eyes which belie her determined expression.