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Nowhere, 2016, Acrylic on linen (137 x 96cm) has been shortlisted as a finalist in the inaugural Hadley’s Art Prize. The winner will be announced on Friday July 14th and will be awarded a whopping $100000!

‘Nowhere is a painting produced as part of a suite of works responding to sites along the Murray River, within South Australia. The work incorporates visual impressions of the cliff faces that are iconic to this region and interprets the colours and textures of the landscape as a heightened, almost synthetic experience. All of the text, marks and inscriptions that are integrated into the representation have been collected from physical surfaces of the region. This is to say that the original marks are the scrawled residues from people who have passed through and inhabited the region over an extended period of time. I have a long standing interest in the ways in which graffiti, marked and found on public surfaces might be incorporated into representation of landscape in such a way as to imply the people and histories of places.’