Jungle Paintings
Bartley Nees Gallery, Wellington
12 Nov - 7 Dec 2002

My new body of work collectively entitled Jungle Paintings explores the idea of the jungle as an overgrown place of bewildering complexity and confusion. The spotted animal print surfaces of the works are a continuation of the camouflage aesthetic that has characterised my recent series of paintings including Quarantine, Bad Medicine, Virgin and King of the Wood. The line drawn figures that populate the Jungle Paintings are overlaid on top of each other knotting together in dense formations like jungle vines. The entangled relationship that results enacts a kind of Darwinian struggle for survival.