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Ellen Porteus


I'm Ellen Porteus- an Australian artist. I create worlds of clever, bold, colourful work spanning the realms of illustration, animation and installation.
My personal work uses humour and visual metaphor to explore our inner world and the complex relationship we have with ourselves.

Why is Locker Room Important to you?

It's important to me to participate in things that are organised by women to celebrate and elevate other women's stories, work and lived experience.

What's something you'd like to see in your dream locker room?

Maybe a nice bath, some scented candles, fluffy towels, good lighting oh and a quality hair dryer.

How can we, both as individuals and as a society, help encourage body positivity?

Although we've come a long way from the 90's when I was growing up, we still have a really long way to go in increasing the visibility of diverse bodies in all media forms. I also think that filters are one of the worst things to have happened for body positivity. If I could go back in time and erase that technology for the good of everyone, I most definitely would.

Is there a topic or issue that you wished we all talked about more openly?

For me, I wished we were able to talk more openly and shamelessly about our unique life goals, specifically not wanting to have children or get married. That the alternative to getting married and having children is not a failed life, but a choice to live in a way that is fulfilling to you. I wish we saw more, heard from and celebrated more women who have chosen different paths and lived different lives.  I don't think anyone should feel like their options are limited.

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