Georgia Spain

Pinned to Georgia Spain’s studio wall is a cluster of postcards, photographs and magazine clippings. There are images of dancers, a game of tug-of-war, a hot-dog eating contestant hunched over a mound of food, tables laid out with feasts, a group of cheese-rolling competitors throwing themselves down a hill with their limbs outstretched in unlikely directions, and a Pieter Bruegel painting that Spain is attracted to for its ‘chaos’. While Spain doesn’t directly replicate this source material, she captures the dynamism in these scenes, and, to quote one of the scribbles on the wall, the ‘messiness of bodies’. She’s interested in ritual and ceremony, spectatorship and crowds, myths and legends, and the things that draw humans together… Spain’s ‘messiness of bodies’ truly captures the chaos of our time.

 – Lucy Hawthorne, Artist Profile, Issue 55, May 2021

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Georgia Spain ‘You, me and the weight’ 2021, acrylic on canvas, 138 x 168 cm.
Georgia Spain ‘Getting Down or Falling Up’ 2020, acrylic on canvas, 180.6 x 187.5 cm. Sir John Sulman Prize winner, exhibited at Art Gallery of New South Wales, 5 June to 26 September 2021
Georgia Spain ‘Six Different’ Women’ 2021, acrylic on canvas, 110 x 95 cm. Winner – Women’s Art Prize, Tasmania 2021
Georgia Spain, portrait photograph by Oscar Lush, July 2021