Based in Mullumbimby on the far North Coast of NSW, Robyn Sweaney draws inspiration from the suburban mundane of her local rural environment to create works that explore notions of Australian identity and place. Through a tightly refined aesthetic, her paintings portray homes and streetscapes that divulge more than their mere exterior. For the artist, such places act as repositories of identity, representing the belief structures that influence human behaviours and aesthetics on emotional, intellectual and spiritual levels. She states, “Though outwardly many houses are generic, I am intrigued by the way people, in creative and resourceful ways, express themselves within the boundaries of their own environments.” Recently, Sweaney’s work has incorporated the rural landscape to express notions of travel, distance and how we perceive familiar and unfamiliar places.
- Looking Sideways, Heading West