• Winner: The Archibald Prize 2022

Title:
Moby Dickens
Size:
3m x 2m
Medium:
Synthetic polymer on linen
Edition:
1
Year:
2022
Provenance:
Archibald Prize 2022
Price:
Sold

Influenced by one of my favourite Spiritually we all know that the ‘Mother’ (Earth) is angry at us. Renaissance painters ‘Masaccio’, I sought to find a biblical metaphor representative of the Lismore flooding disaster. I needed look no further than the quintessentially disgruntled resident artist - Karla Dickens. My renowned ‘flat bottomed clouds’ number 14 here, indicative of the number of days & nights the deluge lasted first time round. That’s DOUBLE what Noah encountered. The leaking

buckets here serve as a cryptic acknowledgement of the generic 50% takings of commercial galleries. We as artists slave on our product only to have the wealthy ‘slave master’ tax half of our earnings at end of the work day. The rising muddied waters also a symbol of the the artists position within the ‘art world’… trepidatious, unchartered and ominous. One would thus think that a devoutly religious Prime Minister might significantly take note of the communities desperate call for assistance.

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