2007, Oil on Linen, 100 x 100cm
Finalist, 2007 Duke Art Prize.
Finalist, the 35th Alice Art Prize
This picture was created in 2007 against a turbulent background, with prisoners of war were being held without trial in Guantanamo Bay, with the Australian government politicising immigration by detaining refugees in desert camps, and the countryside increasingly forested with plantations of security cameras. Almost Biblically perfect, the sunset juxtaposes the cameras. Into this hostile environment the laundry introduces an element of humanity. Who put it there, and how? What are they doing there? Why are the cameras watching them? Who authorised this action? And for whose benefit? Pure is a series that explores humanity in an unconventional way. On the surface they could be seen as just moody skies. But to dismiss them so would be to miss the point: the clouds provide each painting a grounding in reality, but their main purpose is to provide a linking yet changing backdrop against which complex foreground dramas unfold. Unusually, with these paintings the titles are as important as the works themselves, as they alert the viewer to the fact that they are not witnessing merely a scene, but that each is a quirky metaphor for a particular personality characteristic. With the combination of title and image, deeper meanings emerge, triggering the opening chapters to an endless array of stories the viewer is invited to create.