Paintings > 2022 Relics

Introduced
Oil on canvas
203 x 98 cm
2022
Conservator
Oil on canvas
40 x 32 cm
2021
Host
Oil on canvas
89 x 137 cm
2021
Horizon
Oil on canvas
80 x 49 cm
2021
Island
Oil on canvas
100 x 129 cm
2021
Narrative
Oil on canvas
90 x 60 cm
2021
Reddie
Oil on canvas
50 x 40 cm
2021
Exhibit
Oil on canvas
50 x 40 cm
2021
Deep Space
Oil on wood
20 x 25 cm
2021
Flat Circle
Oil on canvas
89 x 93 cm
2021
Storage
Oil on canvas
86 x 54 cm
2021
Goliath Beetle
Oil on wood
30 x 24 cm
2020
Flat Circle
Oil and acrylic on canvas
65 x 43 cm
2021

Relics explores the evolution of collective memory and the function of public monuments in modern society.

As members of communities, our relationship with statues and monuments is in a constant state of change due to the ever evolving nature of society. In recent years, there has been a shift towards moral accountability and a re-examination of the achievements of memorialised and iconized figures. Specifically, former colonisers and forgotten diplomats have had their elevated status’ questioned - a process that has been fused with social justice movements, and simultaneous to the COVID19 pandemic.

Through painting, the principles of bricolage are used to collate academic research and imagery to create alternative representations. For ‘Relics’ this is depicted through ambiguous museum interiors and indistinct landscape spaces, where motifs from different contexts and time periods are juxtaposed together. COVID Hazmat-suit wearing figures are ‘sanitising’ history, and are set against both ancient and modern monuments removed from their usual contexts, and non-indigenous fauna occupy public statues. By presenting these motifs together, the work encourages the audience to question how representing these ideas in new contexts can serve to educate us, rather than conceal the unpleasant facts and historical narratives that no longer serve us.