Artists, often aware of their mortality, tend to create works with a hope that some part of them will live on.
Sydney’s inner-city suburbs have always attracted artists, designers, filmmakers and other creatives who live and practice their craft in these vibrant areas. ‘Borrowed Time’ is a celebration of these individuals. They have directed plays, run design practices and attended or worked at the local art institutes. While they come from different places (New Zealand, Japan, South Africa, Pakistan) their lives have been shaped by their experience in these areas and they have lived through Sydney’s many metamorphoses.
While creation is at the heart of the series, the underlying theme is a little darker. Various items from nature (snake skin, spiders, beetles) have been incorporated into the paintings. These are creatures likely to be around long after human beings are gone i.e. those which are adaptable in terms of diet and environmental needs. While many artists may be seeking immortality through creation, these creatures could be a reminder that our time is limited.