Mark Maurangi Carrol
Sportstar (everything will be ok)
oil enamel, permanent marker on linen
200 x 183 cm
Courtesy of the artist
Mark Maurangi Carrol is a Sydney-based artist whose works explore personal histories and cultural memory. His works uncover universal subjects of desire, loneliness and identity, often drawing inspiration from childhood experiences in the Cook Islands and Australia. Beginning on the reverse side, Carrol bleeds industrial oil enamels through the loom state linen as a tribute to his printmaking training and a continuation of traditional Cook Islander practices of Tā«vaevae, Pāreu and Tapa. He explores the intersection between the philosophical concept of hauntology, text and the found word and the representation of the human figure in painting. Hauntology, as interpreted by Carrol, reflects his own interests and examines how the past continues to shape our present experiences. Through his paintings, he encourages viewers to confront their own personal ghosts and contemplate their individual experiences.
'The painting I have selected for my submission reflects my interests within the subject of cultural hauntologies. The work is the result of fragmented memories, photographs and digital archives taken From ageing software and virtual depictions of the figure in space. The inspiration for these painting stem from my experiences of moving between Australia and the pacific nation of the Cook Islands throughout my childhood these themes of otherness and identity are depicted through the negation and cropping of the singular figures identity and the palm trees from my memories.'
Mark Maurangi Carrol with his artwork 'Sportstar (everything will be ok)' 2023. Photo: Elijah Clarke.
This artwork will be on display in the 2023 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize Finalist Exhibition from Saturday 25 November 2023 until Sunday 18 February 2024.
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