eX DE MEDICI

 

b.1959, Riverina region, Australia
Lives and works in Canberra, Australia 

Since the 1970s, eX de Medici's practice has included sound performance, installation, painting and photography. She is also a celebrated tattooist and opened her own tattoo parlour in 1990. 

Since the late 1990s, de Medici has made a stunning series of oversized watercolour paintings juxtaposing emblems of power and control with signs of the fragility of life. In her hands, emblems of oppression are adorned with elaborate patterning inspired by the natural — she has a particular passion for moths, the traditional symbol of the brevity of life. Since 1999, de Medici has been artist-in-residence at the CSIRO Entomology Division's Australian National Collection, and her paintings pay homage to natural history illustration, associated with the scientific classification of the world. De Medici also draws on the seventeenth-century Dutch vanitas tradition: her paintings are contemporary forms of memento mori, reminding us of our mortality and the futility of worldly pursuits.

In 2002, eX de Medici was awarded Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery's National Works on Paper Prize. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, in 2003 and Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery in 2004. Most recently, she was included in ‘2006 Contemporary Commonwealth’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. 

Gallery 6, QAG / Pelican Pool Lounge, QAG (Kids' APT)

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eX DE MEDICI
The theory of everything 2005
Purchased 2005
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery