Cover Artist – Cathy Frank – WB40 Edition 1

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Cathy Frank is an Australian, Coogee-based  artist who works in digital and analogue media. 

Using surrealist techniques, colour and contrast, she creates impossible worlds and dreamscapes that are wistful, melancholy, unique and playful. Her works dissect the essence of memory and pseudo memory – fragmented moments lost in time and dreams, or a place and feeling you have never know. Wb40 is honoured that she has created this extraordinary cover for the debut issue of Wb40 – Women Beyond Forty Magazine.


The Brave Are Free.

An ode, to all the sacrifices that all womxn have made, the pain, the suffering, but most of all their bravery. 

Background story:

During the early hours of just this past Sunday, November 29th, I was dropped by my Uber driver barely two cars away from my apartment gate. I saw two men, drunk, barely 10 metres away. I heard them talking loudly.

“Grab her”  I didn’t want them to know I heard. I quickly walked up the footpath to my units frantically buzzing to get upstairs and turned around – they were waiting for me at the front gate.  The door opened I bounded upstairs and had a cigarette, shaking… I was thinking about if they were still there. Was it a joke? They’re just f*cking with me? Or were they going to hurt me, rape me, kill me?

The scenarios rushed through my mind –  I shouldn’t have worn that sexy dress, I shouldn’t have been alone, I shouldn’t have been out so late. 

I shouldn’t have, I shouldn’t have – They SHOULDN’T HAVE.

I was in front of my house. Is nowhere safe?

This one really rattled me, I wish I could say this hasn’t happened before, I am scared. but I can’t afford to be.

We can’t afford to be.

Making this artwork was incredibly difficult. I would often become so overwhelmed with emotion, holding back tears as I paired images together, having to put my laptop away, regain composure.

I don’t feel brave today, I’m still scared. I’m worried men will continue to scare, harass and terrorise. I’m worried that I can’t be alone at night but I need to be brave now.

We need to be brave.

This artwork means and represents so much, and when I look at it it makes me angry, it makes me proud and it makes me brave.

The brave are free.

Instagram: @cathyfrankstudio

You can buy a print here:

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Sandy is a writer, creative and podcaster based in Melbourne’s west. She is the proud mother of her three adult children. She has always been passionate about women’s rights and celebrating the diversity of women having been raised by a proud disabled feminist mother herself. As the founder and Creative Director of Wb40 – Women Beyond Forty Magazine, she’s had a diverse and interesting career that has seen her wear various hats – business owner, manager, coordinator, writer, blogger and creative. She has never been afraid to challenge herself and has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. If “Wb40” reminds you of another thing entirely Sandy jokes that it’s the lubricant for your mind! In this world, representation matters, and right now in the publishing world, women over forty are not well represented. Sandy has been that woman fighting for her voice to be heard. As a mother, a single parent keeping her head above water, a business owner and a corporate worker. Although her background is diverse, the one constant is a desire to help others, to build a community, to give back and to bring people together. The journey of Wb40 – Women Beyond Forty, is not an accident. Sandy started an award-nominated blog back in 2013 which changed and evolved and has an established community of amazing women who are proud members of a tribe — industry leaders, creatives, disruptors, authors, survivors, inspirational keynote speakers, disability advocates and activists, teachers, nurses, doctors — many who are well known and respected in their fields. Women who, just like her, are seeking change in the world, and understand that the collective wisdom of women can make a positive difference in the world. When she reached out to women with her vision for Wb40 and her podcast The Good Girl Confessional, their collective enthusiasm, advice and encouragement was overwhelmingly positive and was honoured that they offered advice, their knowledge, time and expertise. They wanted to share their stories and write for Wb40. All of them without question wanted to be involved, believing in the vision but also understanding the need for such a platform. When Sandy couldn’t find the platform was looking for, with help from some friends, she created it here. Let’s start a revolution.