Jane Guthleben

Painter Jane Guthleben grew up on a Victorian sheep farm and now lives in Sydney close to the bush. Through her intimate paintings of domestic interiors, flora and kitsch, Guthleben brings the landscape in, emphasising its untamabilty, coarseness and defiant character that are at odds with the order and comfort of home. Prickly foliage, bulbous nuts and Australiana contrast with drapery and domesticity in unlikely combinations that are as familiar as they are strange.

Seeking Miranda references the 1975 gothic film Picnic at Hanging Rock in which privileged colonial schoolgirls become disoriented and lost during an excursion in the Australian outback. It points to the enduring problem of being a stranger in our landscape that is adored at a distance and yet more mysterious and hostile the closer we get.

Her flora series references the tradition of vanitas painting, where flowers signify the brevity of earthly life.


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