eX de Medici was born in 1959 in the Riverina district of New South Wales.
Her broad practice incorporates performance and installation art, tattooing, photography, painting and drawing.
De Medici's fastidiously executed drawings and watercolours reflect an interest in natural-history watercolour illustration and relate to her practice as a tattooist. Concerned with power and its representation, de Medici brings a contemporary perspective to the vanitas tradition. Recurring motifs in her thought-provoking works include skulls, guns and the historically loaded symbol of the swastika.
eX de Medici has exhibited extensively in Australia and her work is represented in major collections. Recent solo exhibitions include eX de Medici@MPRG, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria, 2004; and Soft Steel, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2003. eX de Medici is represented by Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney. She lives and works in Canberra.
Example of botanical tattoo:
Source: Extracted from: 'Crossing Borders' website: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/crossingborders/biography/ex_bio.html viewed 2014
Portrait by Sue Taylor, part of Archibald Prize work 2007: Extracted from: Art Gallery of NSW website: http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/prizes/archibald/2007/28489/ viewed 2014