The first finalist and artwork on display is M’lady’s Ikebana by Joan Ross from Australia, nominated by Felicity Fenner.
Joan Ross lives and works between Sydney and the Blue Mountains. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally since 1989, and has been included in shows at the National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, The Fine Art Society London, Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery and at numerous regional, commercial and artist-run spaces. Joan received her Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1985 from the City Art Institute, NSW, before later completing her MFA at the same institution in 2012.
Part of Ross’s visual and conceptual genius lies in her aesthetically exciting fusion of the historical and the contemporary. She locates the symbols and desires of Australia’s colonial history in the present in order to remind us of colonialism’s ongoing presence and effects. In M’ladys Ikebana, Ross takes the complex power relations between indigenous and colonial, country and capital, luck and exploitation, to disorienting yet politically potent new heights. She makes succinct connections between art history and contemporary Australian culture, between representation and control, between control and colonialism. Her use of Hi-Vis Fluro is a feature throughout her work which is something she noticed an influx of after 9/11, and it is according to Joan “alien to the landscape” and a metaphor for colonisation.
The live auction will be held 3 June 2016 in Hong Kong
Image: M’lady’s Ikebana by Joan Ross. 91 x 71 x 1cm – hand painted digital print pigment on rag paper. Estimate: USD$4,500