Canadian Art - - Auction Highlights - geetha thu­raira­jah’s From Here You Look Dif­fer­ent To Me, 2017

“I’m in­ter­ested in semi­otics, sym­bols and the way I can turn ob­jects into sym­bols,” ex­plains Toronto artist geetha thu­raira­jah. Her de­lib­er­ately flat air­brushed scenes re­flect an in­ter­est in lan­guage and a con­cern for pulling sto­ries from the re­la­tion­ships among icons. In From Here You Look Dif­fer­ent To Me (2017), drawn from her early work and the text “Bugs Goes to the Mall” by Wal­ter Scott, a shape-shift­ing hare—part–bugs Bunny, part– Br’er Rab­bit—is cam­ou­flaged be­hind part­ing fo­liage. “I’m in­ter­ested in how this char­ac­ter cap­tures the nu­ance of what it might mean to em­body a sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment in order to sur­vive. This can be sym­bolic of many things to do with one’s iden­tity and ideas or no­tions re­lated to cam­ou­flag­ing one­self or mak­ing one­self in­vis­i­ble.”

Acrylic on can­vas, 48 x 36 x 1.5 in., cour­tesy the artist, RBC Cana­dian Paint­ing Com­pe­ti­tion Fi­nal­ist, 2016, Es­ti­mate: $3,500

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