CATHERINE SARAH YOUNG

PHILIPPINES / AUSTRALIA

'As  an artist, I believe that women contain in them universes of stories. I  grew up in the Philippines, which has one of the highest rates of teen  pregnancies in Asia.  I saw how young women who went from having limited  choices to even more limited ones.  As I write this, the pandemic has  brought more work upon women when it comes to childcare, housework,  among other things, highlighting the inequalities we have already been  facing even before COVID-19. But all women have the right to reach their  potential and be self-actualised, and I want all of us to grow into the  best versions of ourselves.  I acknowledge the privilege I have had,  from my childhood to my education to the many opportunities given to me  in order to achieve my dreams. To be self-actualised, to have a  fulfilling career, and to see the world means I can be my best self in  all my relationships. If I do choose to have children in the future, I  want to empower them with the skills I have learned in realising the  importance of standing up for myself and reaching my potential.'

Check out some of Catherine's beautiful work at the Sydney Observatory Residency Program here.

CATHERINE SARAH YOUNG