The Life Exotic
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