Larissa MacFarlane is a Naarm Footscray based artist, working across the mediums of printmaking, street art and a community art practice. Her work is inspired by the urban industrial landscapes of Melbourne’s West, as well as her experience of disability, to investigate ideas of belonging and place, healing and change, and ways that we can celebrate what we have here and now.
Larissa began her visual art practice in her 30s after a brain injury rearranged her talents. She has been regularly exhibiting since 2006 and been a finalist in many and a winner of some art awards.
Larissa has also become known for her street art practice that investigates her daily ritual of performing handstands, a key part of her disability self-management. In 2017, these works were exhibited at the Melbourne Arts Centre and the Warrnambool Art Gallery.
Larissa is also a disability activist and has led many community art projects, with groups such as Brain Injury Matters, Arts Access Victoria and Footscray Community Arts Centre. She is the recent creative producer of Australia’s first Disability Pride murals, now located in Footscray.