I’m constantly fascinated by what each of us sees as unfamiliar or other, looking deeply into paradoxes and recognising our biases and judgements that hang on us like chains. These chains cause us to shrink our empathy and limit our ability to connect and remaining curious today seems like the greatest obstacle for many of us. Through my work I’m learning new perspectives about not only a community that I belong to but the nuances of intersectionality that I have never before considered. I hope that with my work, I open hearts and minds to being more curious rather than judgemental while always coming from a place of empathy and sensitivity to a person’s experience that is different to one’s own. It’s paramount to me that the subjects that I work with have a dominant voice, that there’s no sense of voyeurism or exploitation.

– Frances Marshall