Artefacts of the Anthropocene, 2019, oil on canvas, 100cm x 75cm

 

The painting depicts common single use plastic items that we use with food. I introduced an element of the Baroque through the patterned wallpaper. It occurred to me that our flagrant consumption of single use plastic echoed the flamboyant excesses of the Baroque.

The weathered and deteriorating wooden table stands in stark contrast to the shiny and permanent plastic which will last hundreds of years. I hope that these plastic artefacts will become extinct very soon and then we will only see them in old photos or movies, or artworks like this one!

This painting was a finalist in the Blacktown City Art Prize 2019 and was acquired by the Blacktown City Council.

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© 2019 Deirdre Boeyen Carmichael