What does your aura say about your occupation?

A major new commission by artist Kate Mitchell will map the auras of recognised occupations, from artists to doctors to politicians.

Kate Mitchell photographs auras. More specifically, Mitchell photographs the auras of the different occupations that individuals hold – some 1,023 recognised jobs as per the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations. The list is complied by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and includes everything from farmers to artists.

Using electromagnetic field imaging equipment to capture these human energy fields – aka auras – Mitchell will create an  expansive installation at Carriageworks in Sydney, which will essentially function as a register of ‘career portraits’.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina