Make Yourself at Home

Artist: Meredith Meisetchlaeger

Medium: Photographs of 3 mixed media canvases

Description: Using a prefabricated paint-by-number kit as a base, this work layers in images and text from free neighborhood newspapers. My objective is to explore the relationships between folk and fine art; institution and community; and prescription and improvisation. Ultimately, I want to ask, “What are the rules of belonging? How are they determined and rewritten? Who decides?”

 A close up mixed media collage. The collage is very abstract - painted shapes and figures lay beside one another. A woman cradles a baby at the centre of the image - a cutout drawn in the style of a medieval illustration. A grey painted panther inspects the baby. Various plants are arrayed around these figures - some painted, some made with collage. Cloudy red shapes can be seen in the background - adding to the fantastical character of the scene.  Another abstract collage made up of painted and cut-pasted elements. The scene here is reminiscent of a mountainous landscape - magazine cutouts efface the surface of an arid mountain range. Most of these cutouts are pictures of people with greyed out faces - others are scenes of suburbia. Some shapes in the image are confusing geometric arrangements, clashing kaleidoscopic shapes that confuse the eye. The last image is of a similar style. The major focus of this piece is a protea - its painted leaves and flowers supported by collaged stems. Cutout figures gaze upon the protea. Some of these figures are cut out as-is from a magazine, whereas others are outlines created from a cutout of an unrelated page. On top of the entire piece drips some dark watercolour paint - running from the top of the page and touching most of the figures and the entire flower.



Mudfest Artist Interview with Curator

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.