It was with trepidation that I approached eX de Medici – an intensely private person with no desire to have her image on public view – to ask to make her portrait; reluctantly, she agreed. eX is one of Australia’s foremost contemporary artists, with her work held in the collections of our most prestigious galleries and museums. Her art is a captivating mix of guns and military helmets juxtaposed with the natural world – flowers and endangered species form backdrops and textures. eX is photographed here on a plain backdrop overlaid with writing from her ‘wall of shame’. The text overlaying her image is an acknowledgement of the tattooist within the fine artist.