Olympic Nero 2000

ArtOlympic Nero 2000
Painting done during Sydney Olympics in Broken Hill in 2000

Olympic Nero 2000

Painting done during Sydney Olympics in Broken Hill in 2000
Oil on canvas
76 x 46 cm

This was my contribution to the Sydney Olympics of 2000. An un-armed or physically challenged athletic monochrome figure/figurine surrealistically sports two floating hands. One hand clutches what appears to be a stylised red heart while the other holds a garden stake/stave. The figure’s groin is covered with an inverted fragment of a large teapot which includes a predominant downward pointing spout. The (blind) eyes of this victor stare out vacantly. The figure has the fresh green laurel crown of a medal winner in the games on his head. He is situated in a typical broken Hill outback domestic back yard with loose red dirt and bounded by a corrugated iron fence. The fence’s supporting Mulga wood stump has a phallic appearance. The games originated as a means of expressing male testosterone-al prowess and I allude to this (male) competitiveness.

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