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    ARTIST: Kait James TITLE: Game Over Invaders MEDIUM: Wool, cotton, acrylic paint on cotton DIMENSIONS: 720x460mm DATE: 2019 Artist statement As a proud Wadawurrung woman, Kait’s work asks questions relating to identity, perception and our knowledge of Australia’s Indigenous communities. Using Punch Needling techniques, she embroiders kitsch found materials. Her current work focuses on Aboriginal Calendar Tea Towels from the 70-80’s that generalise and stereotype her culture and subverts them with familiar pop-cultural references, Indigenous issues relevant to that year, as well as the present day to reflect her contemporary perspective. Through the use of humour and vivid colours, James addresses the way white western culture has dominated Australia’s history, how Australia and the world perceives our First Nations’ People and her personal reflections on her Indigenous heritage.

    ARTIST: Bibi Viro TITLE: Midnight in the Garden of Lingering Despair MEDIUM: Pigment ink on archival fine art paper DIMENSIONS: 750x1500mm DATE: 2020 Artist statement Climate scientists have made it very clear that human induced Global Warming is causing many environmental challenges. Despite the increasing “extreme weather events” experienced in countries around the world including Australia, many continue to deny the science. Storms that flood cities and threaten ecosystems are no longer ‘one in a hundred year’ events. Fires that ravage the landscape often burn uncontrollably. In Midnight in the Garden of lingering despair the landscape is under pressure. the colours are distorted, the focus is fading, and the contorted trees take on a human element that conveys despair. What is in focus are the twelve circles in the foreground that demand your attention.

    ARTIST: Kirsty McIntyre TITLE: They kept calm, they carried on.. MEDIUM: Oil on canvas DIMENSIONS: 600x600mm DATE: 2020 Artist statement Completed whilst bushfires burned across the Eastern states, this work portrays destruction, regeneration and resilience. It was designed to convey the shocking losses with familiar and ordinary domestic objects, using oil paint on canvas, with brush and palette knife...

    ARTIST: Pip Ryan TITLE: Lounging Lizards MEDIUM: Watercolour, gouache, pencil on paper DIMENSIONS: 840x650mm DATE: 2019 Artist statement Pip Ryan is an Australian artist based in Melbourne. Her practice explores humour, irony and the absurd through drawing, sculpture, installation, and video. Her works present a multitude of imagined creatures and characters including hybrid animals, disembodied figures and darkly comical beasts. Ryan is interested in using colour and playful forms to engage with dark and surreal subject matter. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in group and solo exhibitions. She completed her Master of Fine Arts (research) at Victorian College of the Arts with the assistance of Australian Post Graduate Award.

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    ARTIST: Karen Casey TITLE: Transplanted MEDIUM: 3-way lenticular image DIMENSIONS: 840x600mm DATE: 2019 Artist statement This work was created using medical diagnostic imaging software and it reflects a deeply personal journey through a period of physical fragility, degeneration and regeneration through medical intervention. These manipulated medical scans, taken post-transplant surgery, highlight a chapter of my story. Irradiated, anaesthetised, cut, cauterised, incised - stitched and stapled back together, the images peel back the layers of body, revealing the skeletal form, organs, sinews and musculature. They are confronting yet at the same time compelling as my internal body is transformed into a thing of macabre beauty that somehow belies the level of damage and trauma once experienced.

    ARTIST: Bibi Viro TITLE: Midnight in the Garden of Lingering Despair MEDIUM: Pigment ink on archival fine art paper DIMENSIONS: 750x1500mm DATE: 2020 Artist statement Climate scientists have made it very clear that human induced Global Warming is causing many environmental challenges. Despite the increasing “extreme weather events” experienced in countries around the world including Australia, many continue to deny the science. Storms that flood cities and threaten ecosystems are no longer ‘one in a hundred year’ events. Fires that ravage the landscape often burn uncontrollably. In Midnight in the Garden of lingering despair the landscape is under pressure. the colours are distorted, the focus is fading, and the contorted trees take on a human element that conveys despair. What is in focus are the twelve circles in the foreground that demand your attention.