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Four Australian Art School Grads Show Off Their Summer Projects

While their fellow graduates took a break, these four young women artists got to work.

Sami Emory

Lauren Dunn, The State of Things (who cares?), c type photographic print with custom blackwood frame, edition of 5, 122x102cm

While their peers beached and boozed, four Australian art school graduates spent their summer break painting, drawing, sculpting, collaging and photographing. These four young artists—Ariana Luca, Lauren Dunn, Marlee McMahon and Tessa Lancashire—feature in Boom Gallery’s Summer Projects IV, alongside the show’s two, more established artists, Skye Jefferys and Tarli Glover.

Boom’s all-female production brings together diverse media, from the neon glow of Dunn’s The State of Things (starving) sculpture—part of her series of the same name—to Luca’s pastel-hued collages. The artists also engage with a range of themes, though many tie back to the inexhaustible issues of religion, culture and consumerism.

Lancashire, for instance, literally translates western and yogic philosophies into pointillist grids of colour. Meanwhile, McMahon reflects on the urban Australian dream by envisioning a city of digital landscapes, anachronistically crafted with oil and acrylic on canvas.

Below, find the work of these four young artists, as well as pieces by Jefferys and Glover.

Marlee McMahon, Untitled (Hot Tub), oil & acrylic on canvas, 140x140cm

Tessa Lancashire, The Refuge, pencil on paper, 57x56.5cm framed

Ariana Luca, Unravel, 2016, watercolour, pencil, collage on paper, 84x67 framed

Lauren Dunn, The State of Things (starving), neon, 70x100cm, edition of 5

Tessa Lancashire, Siddhartha (close up), pencil on coated poly-cotton, full scale work 2mx2m

Tarli Glover, Canola and Cyprus, pastel on paper, 30x30cm framed

Read more about Boom Gallery’s new show, Summer Projects IV, on the gallery’s website. The show runs until February 25.

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