Getaway is a continuation of my interest in how the Australian landscape is depicted through souvenir imagery such as postcards and tourist brochures. Toying with the conventions of these materials – setting a figure just a bit higher in the sky, emptying the swimming pool, casting beach balls as harbingers of the uncanny – the atmosphere shifts from wholesome fun to mild discomfort. It felt a bit odd painting such images in a time where travel has been so radically restricted.
During the last year of fire and plague I found myself listening to podcasts less in the car and more in the studio. Narrations of weird and fake histories, paranormal tales and creepy folktales started to find their way into the work, a testament to the shifting reality we find ourselves in.