Rachel Joy’s latest series examines the Australian colonial project as executed by our pioneering forebears. Using iconic colonial images as a reference point, Joy comments on the complex position of animals, which were originally introduced for food, sport, companionship or farm work and are now regarded as feral, with often devastating consequences for indigenous plants, animals and people.
By contrast, Keiko Murakami celebrates the inherent beauty of the natural world with flowers and animals often featuring as recurrent subjects. Some imagery questions our relationship to nature, as childlike girls morph into marsupials.
Sheila D’ Cruz’s oil paintings employ delicate floral motifs that sprawl and writhe across lush coloured fabrics. Painted from a collection of traditional cloths from Asia, the artist explores the intimacy of relationships and the sensuality of fabric through the western artistic canon of the still life. The voluptuous folds elicit imagined personal narratives and multiple interpretations, while movement in the cloth suggest ambiguities, invitations and unspoken stories.