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Tony Albert on the overlap between art and activism — GROUNDSWELL

After the horrific bushfire season of 2019-20, conceptual artist Tony Albert invited audiences to rejuvenate the landscape differently. One that considered the effects of colonisation in both the environment and for those who had lived here for thousands of years. Titled ‘Healing Land, Remembering Country’, it was commissioned for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, inside a greenhouse on Cockatoo Island (a former prison). Albert asked audiences to write an alternative narrative for children and young people who are incarcerated in Australia onto paper filled with Kangaroo grass seeds, before being planted back into the earth as a healing, holistic rejuvenation project.

Art at Home | Hyperreal

There is no hiding in the hyperreal. This Art at Home edit reveals eight artists who use intense detail. First coined by French sociologist Jean Baudrillard, hyperreal art expands on notions from Hyperreality — a term that evokes the symbolism of life through representation in the arts. Through these artists, we explore how notes of surrealism, landscapes, and still life feed through hyperreal art to capture a moment of time, an emotion, or a memory central to the human experience.

Art at Home | Surrealism

Surrealism and art are at play with perception for these eight artists, offering alternate ways of viewing the world. The Surrealist art movement developed in the 1920s as artists tapped into the power of the unconscious and dreams — capturing a sense of haunting and mystery. Led by iconic names such as Salvador Dalí, Andre Breton, and René Magritte, today, contemporary artists put a spin on age-old themes with modern technology, social media, and living in a time of mass information.

In the studio: Amber Hearn

“I felt owned by the landscape and always at home . . .” The colour-filled paintings and sculptures by Sydney-based Amber Hearn are reflective of her Annandale studio, where the artist welcomes in a kaleidoscope of hues. The composition and vividness stem from Hearn’s transient upbringing, travelling around the world with her family, living in Papua New Guinea and regional New South Wales. As such, the works transport the viewer to another place and time, evocative of memory and emotion.
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