The origins of these works lie in Australian pub scenes—an iconic, decaying space that can be used to explore cultural identity. Foundational sketches are made in situ then developed through transitional stages, weighing each element within the composition and balancing the distorted environment with recognisable iconography. I consider these works as an outsider's observation of human interaction with space, in which the figure exudes information about themselves by virtue of their environment. The interdependence between the pub and its patrons is depicted through the entanglement of figures with the furniture and architectural integrity of the environment. The pub acts as a gateway to open a visual inquiry into the impermanence of, and interrelationships between, Australian culture, alcohol consumption and individual identity.
We acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campus is situated, the people of the Boon Wurrung and Woi Wurrung, who have created art, made music and told their stories here for thousands of generations. We also acknowledge and extend our respect to the Traditional Owners of all lands on which our work is viewed, shared and enjoyed, and to all Elders, past, present and emerging.
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