Artist: Lisa Rickard

Medium: Oil Painting and Graphite Drawing

Censored by:  Instagram & Facebook

Date of censorship: May 2019

Was there notification of removal? If so, what was the reason given? 

Yes, I was notified of removal – Instagram & Facebook said my images went against community guidelines.

Was there the opportunity to appeal? If so, did you appeal and what was the response?

No option to appeal on Instagram. I did appeal on Facebook. They admitted it was their error and I received notification that my post was reinstated. I checked my family and friends’ News Feeds, but it never reappeared – my images were consequently never seen by my online community. 

What, if any, were the consequences of the removal for you? 

Much emotional distress as now I feel like I have to cover the nipples every time I post my nude painting/drawings. I’m worried that being forced to censor my art won’t prevent deletion of my posts in the future. I am being prevented from promoting my work in its entirety with the visual impact that uncensored art is meant to convey to the viewer.


I also believe that part of my Instagram site is being blocked. When I used hashtags after Instagram deleted two of my posts, my images never appeared in the Hashtag Feeds, so I can’t use hashtags to promote my work.

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Artist’s Instagram: @lisarickardart