Shmek One, Jysta & Myself painted this mural on the sidewall of Peckish Cafe in Morwell earlier this year. We were given complete creative freedom for this project, so for me it was a chance to dip back into some of the personal imagery I’ve been developing over the past few years.
For this style of imagery I draw on a collection of organic and mechanical three dimensional reference material that I’ve built up over the years (skulls, shells, old tools etc). From there I create assemblages that spark my interest and try to hit upon a formation that is something other than the sum of it’s parts, a balance between accurate still-life rendering and my own synthetic invented forms that echo the ‘real’ objects shape and form. By using unusual pairings of objects and stripping them of their normal function or setting I’m aiming to breathe new life into these things and create surreal and fantastical imagery to visually communicate strange and evocative stories.
The graffiti pieces and all of the background (including around my piece) was all painted respectively by Shmek One & Jysta. I have great respect for graffiti letter forms and the contrast between all of our work has really come together here to create something unique. Collaborating on walls like this is one of the most fun and rewarding things I get to do as an artist, and I think the fun had shows through the work on this one!
Here’s the finished piece followed by the design and shots of the mural in progress: