Living the Dream
Explores notions of aspiration and hope within suburban existence. Small scale motif and façade bring together the tactile and sensorial familiarity of everyday suburbia. In the work Promise the motif of a tired palm tree, a common feature in the Northern suburbs of Western Australia sits atop a wooden architectural construction. These plants from elsewhere are a visual aspiration for a tropical holiday or a longed for oasis and often jar against the dilapidated and aging architecture of the 1980's. Shop front facades made of metal and fading signwriting are relics of a time when video stores and corner delis were a suburban way of life. Other works, intimately examine backyard scenarios including the reflection in the surface of an artificially aqua-coloured swimming pool and a beautifully complex weed against a corrugated fibro-fence. Many works favour the paradox of hope and failed endeavour that is ever present in suburban Australian living. Living the dream combines sculptural and painted surface to evoke the tactile and palpable feeling of a sense of place particular to suburban Australian experience.