Life is Art, but is Art Life? This has been a central question for me. I’ve devoted my life to my art practice and used performance art as a central way of voicing my concerns. Am I deluded in thinking Art can make a difference; a social and religious difference? I wanted to change the world, to make it a better place to be in, a better place than the one I grew up in with its low consciousness, discriminations and materialism. Self-portraiture has been a means by which I could bring clearer focus to my determination to be ‘visible’. “I am photographed, therefore I am.” My dreams and aspirations come alive within the chamber of the camera and I can blossom as a creation within its gaze or stare death in the face.
I have been fortunate to have accomplished some of my childhood dreams and confront some of its nightmares. I have travelled the wider world to research and investigate its mysteries. In 1996-97 I was the Australian Fellow at PS1 MoMA, New York, as well as the Australian Scholar at the British School at Rome (2012). During the 1980s I lived in Europe. My history includes being an Australian representative at the 2nd Asia-Pacific Triennial (1996) and the Biennale of Sydney (2002).
Luke Roberts is represented by Milani Gallery