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The Power of Female Collaboration in Art | Prue Stent and Honey Long 

The Australian creative duo Honey Long and Prue Stent have taken the world by storm through their explorative and striking art. When the two young women were assigned seats next to each other in an 8th grade math class, little did they know that the friendship they just embarked on would one day result in copping a spot on the Forbes 30 under 30 list.

The work of Honey Long and Prue Stent – yes, those are their real names – centres around the artists’ conflicted relationship to femininity and its passive associations. Their collaborative photography, performance, installation and sculpture has culminated into an incredible artistic duo.

Their way of working has evolved organically, with Prue focusing on photography while Honey focuses more on the pictures’ subjects and props. Although with that being said, after several years of friendship and working together, their areas of expertise have merged into one: “Our practice evolved very naturally out of our friendship and shared appreciations. I feel like our natural inclinations fit really well together. Prue has always loved photography and I have always been more inclined towards performance and making things with my hands. As our practice has developed those things have merged and mingled between us and our roles have become increasingly blurred,” Honey shares in an interview with Plastik Magazine.

The colour pink is often a common denominator in much of their work, as is the exploration of the female physical form. Through their intimate and sometimes vulgar art, Prue and Honey are trying to contribute a counter-narrative for the way women’s bodies are portrayed within society and mainstream media. Although their art can be seen as political in more ways than one, what’s really distinctive about them is their eye for aesthetics. Their images are primarily visually driven, while they still aim to make representations that trigger thoughts and reactions: “Our practice is very much based on feeling and impulse rather than being overly conceptual,” they share with Plastik Magazine.

Honey and Prue are some of the most productive and exciting artists to watch out there. To me, this goes to show how working together makes us stronger than standing alone. Thanks to the support system of sisterhood, their hard work can be scaled up and intensified. They’re like a normal artist – except with two brains and four hands and feet. Although the two are branching out into their own from time to time, Honey and Prune will (if I have it my way) go down in art history as a perfect example of how the collaborative efforts of women is a force to be reckoned with.

by Michelle Hallstrom
Pictures  by Prue Stent and Honey Long via www.pruestent.com
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