Swoon brings together the work of Kate Daw and Maria Griffin around the idea of rapture and romance. Their respective practices take up the emotional and the sentimental amidst an array of colour photocopies, found photographs, collected greeting cards and paintings. An interest in the everyday is combined with images that are at once whimsical and excessive. Floral motifs, images from women’s magazines and personal treasures form part of the source material used by both artists. The textual and the pleasurable are layed across a gauze of cliches and stock literary references. Here are luscious gardens, the repeated pattern of cherry wallpaper and the scent of gardenia.

RMIT University

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