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JOI MURUGAVELL

Sydney, Australia

“Existence was not only absurd, it was plain hard work. Think of how many times you put on your underwear in a lifetime. It was appalling, it was disgusting, it was stupid.” - Charles Bukowski

 

Humour and play are integral in the life and art of Australian artist Joi Murugavell-- a lesson she learned from her father as an elixir to life’s absurdities. Behind the laughs lies a desperate desire to understand her world - away from the influences of family, friends and culture. Like a string in a maze, her art is the process by which she navigates the layers she’s acquired along the way.

 

Joi’s art is spontaneous, who’s characters frequently act out life experiences, capturing the beauty and pain of the human experience and the soul in flux. Her art is often abstract, bright, biting, humorous— and always on the edge of either feeling good or being another way to bleed.

 

In 2017, she was part of a performance piece called ‘Ask Me Anything’ with the Museum Of Contemporary Art Australia’s Young Ambassadors Club. In 2018, Joi was invited by abc Gallery Seoul to have her first solo exhibition ‘Bananas Down Under’ in South Korea, debuting her large format paintings. Since then Joi has exhibited nationally and internationally in the United States, China, London, Amsterdam, Mexico, Taiwan and Korea. Joi lives and works in Sydney, next to a quiet dog park.

Pharmaceutical Regiment, Acrylic, oil stick, wax crayon, spray paint, charcoal, collage on canvas, 72 x 59 3/4 in.

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