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Pig Face, Murnong, Xanthorrhoea, Flint

By Cat Bailey

acrylic & mixed media on board triptych 135x60cm unframed

or $420 per month with Art Money

This painting looks toward a hopeful future with a return to Australian ecological abundance through the planting of sustainable local indigenous foods, bush re-generation and traditional burning practices. Set in Tyrendarra, where Cat lives, the painting speaks of the fragility of the environment and a hard won, indigenous garden, which the artist built in collaboration with the Gunditjmara Rangers, local children and an ecologist. The painting suggests a brief reprieve to the artist from the cognitive dissonance felt in relation to climate change. The skeleton, although a personal symbol, refers also to the habit of artists, in the renaissance period, of placing a skeleton in the painting to remind the viewer of their impermanence.

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