Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie Oy Vey Vey – 2024

ArtOzzie Ozzie Ozzie Oy Vey Vey – 2024

Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie Oy Vey Vey – 2024

Collage on card H29.7 x W21 cm

A fashion model appropriated from a magazine is presented in mirrored position facing herself. She/they stand athwart the contemplative figure of a rotund middle-aged man, wearing only wide front underpants (unterhalter). The modified image of the male figure is appropriated from Peter Corlett’s resin sculpture made in 1983/4, which is in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria. All three figures have had the Kelly gang’s metal protective ploughshare helmets attached on their heads, creating individual anonymity for each. Artistically reminiscent of the now canonical Kelly series by Sydney Nolan, these allude to the iconic frontier outlaw spirit perceived as quintessentially Australian. In the foreground the artist’s assemblage of the aspirant executive’s valise, which importantly incorporates the much required backscratcher (to impress the intended employer) adds a commercial flavour to the ensemble.

This is a satirical view of how fashion appropriates and purloins icons from differing contexts. The violent criminal gang of Ned Kelly is elevated to become part of the fashionista patois, their life and death protective gear now a much-cheapened, if tongue-in-cheek, integral part of the cat walk vocabulary.

Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie Oy Vey Vey – 2024

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