Beautiful Wickedness is the most significant exhibition of work by celebrated Australian artist eX de Medici yet staged. The survey examines the artist’s central concerns, including the fragility of life, global affairs, greed and commerce, and the universal themes of power, conflict, and death.
Exhibition highlights include de Medici’s intricate botanical studies and her dazzling large-scale watercolours, as well as her compelling portrait of Midnight Oil Nothing’s as Precious as a Hole in the Ground 2001, and Shotgun Wedding Dress/ Cleave 2015, a bridal gown based on Julie Andrews’s dress from The Sound of Music.
Through these wide-ranging subjects and materials, de Medici aims to seduce her viewers, and to shake them out of complacency.
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