Maz Dixon

The Life Ex­otic

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Fox Gal­leries

18 Oc­to­ber to 17 Novem­ber, 2018 Mel­bourne

Maz Dixon’s paint­ings in ‘The Life Ex­otic’ draw on vin­tage post­cards and child­hood mem­o­ries to ex­plore a par­tic­u­lar Aus­tralian ex­pe­ri­ence of the land­scape, aes­thet­i­cally de­fined by beaches, babes, Big Things, road­side sig­nage and cheap mo­tels. Dixon ex­am­ines this ‘ide­alised’ Aus­tralian iden­tity and the fan­tasy con­jured by the per­sua­sive ad­ver­tis­ing of these let­ter­box im­ages. Rain­bow coloured scenes de­pict div­ing dol­phins and sun-kissed ad­mir­ers en­thu­si­as­ti­cally pos­ing and per­form­ing for the cam­era; their sun­burnt com­plex­ions and mis­placed com­po­si­tions sug­gest an un­der­ly­ing dis­com­fort in their sur­round­ings.

Coral Gar­dens #1, 2018, oil and graphite on board, 40 x 35cm Cour­tesy the artist and Fox Gal­leries, Mel­bourne

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