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Local creative produce Julia Svaganovic presents an interview series profiling South-East Melbourne based artists.


Artwork by Yasmeen El-Shawyis
Artwork by Yasmeen El-Shawyis


I Am An Artist 

Developed by local creative producer Julia Svaganovic, I am an Artist is a video series profiling south-east Melbourne based artists. The video series encourages no distinction between disabled and nondisabled artists by presenting them side-by-side, and demonstrates the diverse nature of artists, their individuality and affinity, while challenging perspectives of who is an artist.  

Featured artists: 

Yasmeen El-Shawyis an Australian/Egyptian freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in Melbourne. Drawing has been a passion of Yasmeen's for a big part of her life. Although she's been challenged by a physical disability, she's thankful for the limited use of her fingers and for the technology that enables her to express herself through art without boundaries.  

Kylie Steinhardt loves to create whimsical, quirky cartoons that make the audience smile. She has been producing art for around two years so it’s a pretty recent hobby, it started when she turned the scribbles she was making while on the phone or in her spare time into something she shared. 

Carissa Nyalu is a Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung singer/songwriter based on Boonwurrung Country on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. Her love for being on country & out in nature, mixed with stories about family and trauma make for some raw and real acoustic songs that come straight from the soul. 

Chelle Destefano is a multi-disciplinary artist and she works with textiles, performance, installation, sculpture, drawing media and mixed media to explore culture and identity including her Deaf culture and other forms of critical subjects surrounding identity and the environment, and her relationship with time and space. 


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