City of Vincent COVID Arts Relief Project

The creation of this work was funded by an aquisitional grant from the City of Vincent COVID Arts Relief Project.

My project incorporated experiences of COVID-19 from several viewpoints: as a local Angove Street retailer, local resident, local artist and North Perth parent with kids at Mount Lawley SHS and North Perth Primary School. My paintings incorporate all of these perspectives.

As COVID-19 restrictions were imposed in March 2020, many of us took to daily walks as part of our allowed exercise. My walks usually took me to two places; my closed retail store on Angove St in North Perth and my local bushland in Inglewood. These paintings document and reflect on observations I collected on during my walks through North Perth at that time. The reduction of traffic and parked cars allowed me to observe and appreciate all the parts that make up North Perth; the details on heritage buildings, the retail strips, the streetscaping, signage, road surfaces and pathways. Usually we are too distracted by our busy lifestyles to notice the full range of detail. With most retail stores and cafes closed and the roads clear of cars I could observe the space from a new perspective. Mainly things in our environment that go unnoticed; the texture of the road, the range of colours on signage and all the different ways we implement boundaries with painted lines or fencing.

In addition to the three paintings I created a limited edition book showing some of the original photographs I took on my walks, details of which can be seen within the paintings.

Subdivision One
Ref/085
Dimensions 910 x 610mm
Medium Oil on Linen

Subdivision Two
Ref/086
Dimensions 910 x 610mm
Medium Oil on Linen

Subdivision Three
Ref/087
Dimensions 910 x 610mm
Medium Oil on Linen

The creation of this work was funded by an aquisitional grant from the City of Vincent COVID Arts Relief Project. Prints of these paintings are available from Future Shelter.

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