Portrait of Kelli Jean Drinkwater

Kelli Jean Drinkwater

Kelli Jean Drinkwater is an artist, performer and filmmaker recognised internationally for her work in radical body politics. The main focus of her creative practice is to critique societies' perceptions of people of size and to encourage a diverse, body positive visibility. Always challenging and often confrontational, her work aims to investigate the complex and taboo.

Playful, and with more than a hint of irony, Kelli Jean often takes the iconic and subverts it through the filter of her fatness. Creative collaborations with internationally renowned photographers and artists have been featured in major international galleries, fashion magazines and editorials.

Kelli Jean has performed at events for the likes of AntiSocial (UK) and Duckie (UK). She is a resident artist with The Glitter Militia performance collective (Sydney). Most recent performances include NightCraft at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Tableau Vivant for Underbelly Arts Festival (Sydney), MonstaGras (Sydney) and Department H (Tokyo).

Her film directing debut Aquaporko! won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at Mardi Gras Film Festival 2013, and has been in official selection for 38 major international film festivals to date, such as Inside Out Toronto (CA), Frameline San Francisco (USA) and London Fringe Fest (UK).

Kelli Jean is currently in production on a collaborative documentary film based on Nothing to Lose, due for release in 2015.