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From 1990 to 2001, rates of extreme poverty fell rapidly in much of Asia – with the number of people living on less than $1 a day dropping by nearly a quarter of a billion people.
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The Return
Melanie Watkins
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The women of my generation are confident, savvy, aware of the world around them, sensitive and intelligent. In Australia most women are lucky enough to be able to express themselves in what ever way they choose, through fashion, the creative arts, their careers, their ideas and beliefs.

I feel that I am a young woman free to make my own decisions and choices, express myself through my art and free to enjoy being young, living in the moment and looking forward to whatever comes my way.

My submission is a series of work titled “The Return.” “The Return” is a journey through the personal memories of a young woman, memories of love, loss and travel, familiar and foreign objects, near and distant landscapes. Memories come and go, we can look back but we also travel forward experiencing and collecting new memories as we grow. “The Return” helps to answer the question “What defines you generation of women?” as it celebrates the strength, confidence and sensitivity of women. This series highlights how women learn from their past and look forward to their future.

Through my work I want to show a world that is beautiful, a world that you can travel and experience and be inspired by, a world that remembers the past and looks to the future.
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