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The EVOLVE series represents a shift away from portraiture and the tyranny of creating a likeness to something more intuitive, imaginative and free-flowing. The paintings layer soil, sand and photographs beneath the paint to provide textures of place, memory and time. The subjects are frequently human/avian hybrids, reflecting a preoccupation with flight and migration. Drawing on the experiences of my refugee father, as well as my own experience of migration, the paintings challenge us to consider ideas of home, belonging, and transformation. These works ask what it means to be Australian.
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