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Getting under the skin of consumerism

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  • Published 20221101
  • ISBN: 978-1-922212-74-0
  • Extent: 264pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm), eBook

For Blue Mountains-based artist Anna Di Mezza, darkness and domesticity are natural bedfellows. Her paintings take us to the surreal underside of picket-fence perfection, from the body bag being cheerfully loaded into the boot of a 1950s family car to the terrified face visible inside a washing machine overseen by a serene housewife. In Di Mezza’s food paintings, cuts of raw meat unsettle tranquil scenes of mid-century living, becoming grisly stand-ins for everyday goods such as groceries, toys and cakes. Di Mezza’s subjects seem sweetly unfazed by their strange surrounds – but for viewers, the sense of unease lingers long after our eyes have left the canvas.

CARODY CULVER: May I ask about your background as an artist? When did you begin to paint, and what artistic influences have shaped the style that defines your work today?

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Anna Di Mezza

Anna Di Mezza is an artist based in the Blue Mountains of NSW. Her works are held in private collections in Australia, Europe and...

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