Janelle Low was the first in her family to be born outside of Asia. Utilising photography as her primary medium, Janelle’s practice explores the internal and external conflicts that arise from growing up in multicultural Australia and navigating its shifting and evolving cultural landscape. Her work looks into the sense of displacement and ‘otherness’ felt between both her heritage and cultural upbringing, questioning notions of identity and acceptance.
In 2013 Janelle became the second female, and youngest winner of the National Photographic Portrait Prize presented by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. Janelle was selected as a finalist in the prestigious William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize for 2017, and was recently invited to collaborate with MECCA on their The Many Faces of Mecca campaign launched in the Bourke Street MYER windows. In 2018 Janelle also curated her first show VISIBLE at The Artists Guild in Melbourne & exhibited at Bundoora Homestead with the group show The Family Mantle curated by Pia Johnson. Janelle has exhibited nationally and internationally with her work held in public and private collections.
Janelle began lecturing sessionally at RMIT in 2011 after graduating from RMIT’s Diploma of Photoimaging. Since then she’s taught across various programs within RMIT’s School of Media and Communication, School of Art, School of Architecture and Design, as well as RMIT’s International College and Equity and Diversity unit. In 2014 Janelle received an Early Career Teacher / Trainer of the Year Award Commendation for Teaching Excellence, and is currently finishing her Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) at RMIT alongside her teaching position.
Janelle Low Untitled 1 2018
inkjet print and gold leaf, 1/ 3, 23 x 15cm, From the series At Your Surface, Courtesy of the artist
Janelle Low Untitled 2 2018
inkjet print and gold leaf, 2/ 3, 23 x 15cm, From the series At Your Surface, Courtesy of the artist
Janelle Low Untitled 3 2018
inkjet print and gold leaf, 3/ 3, 23 x 15cm, From the series At Your Surface, Courtesy of the artist