Toni Wilkinson

Toni Wilkinson uses the camera to reveal beauty and menace in her images. The works cross genres to interrogate the world from a maternal, feminist perspective and testify to photography’s unique capacity for ambiguity.

Toni Wilkinson, Wardong - The Watcher, 2019, Canson photographique archival digital print, 160 x 120cm
Toni Wilkinson, Wardong - The Watcher, 2019, Canson photographique archival digital print, 160 x 120cm | Toni Wilkinson

Born in London Toni Wilkinson is a photographer based in Perth, Western Australia.

She uses the camera to reveal beauty and menace in her images. The works cross genres to interrogate the world from a maternal, feminist perspective and testify to photography’s unique capacity for ambiguity.

Toni Wilkinson’s approach to photography offers an opening for risk and possibility via the image, that is enhanced with each photograph's relationship to the next. Interconnections and contradictions collide in a practice that thrives on an urgent way of looking.

Toni Wilkinson is coordinator of Photography and Illustration at the School of Design and Built Environment, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University in Western Australia. Toni has exhibited internationally and widely throughout Australia and her photographs are held in significant national collections such as the National Portrait Gallery, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, City of Perth, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University, St John of God Health Care and others. She completed her PhD in 2012 and is a current board member of the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

'A double gesture of seizing the familiar, but only so as to possibly recreate it, is one of the greatest strengths of Toni Wilkinson’s photography ... Such a spirit of ‘staying with the trouble’ resounds in Wilkinson’s photography, as she is able to both arrest our gaze and transform our sense of the shared muddle of images and forms that make up public spaces.'
F Russell, Eyeline 87 Magazine, 2017.