Maz Dixon Finalist in the Waverley Art Prize 2018 – Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Maz Dixon, Self Service (2018), Oil and graphite on board, 60 cm by 60 cm
Congratulations to Maz Dixon for being selected as a finalist in the Waverley Art Prize 2018 for her work Self Service. Dixon was the winner of the 2017 prize.
The Waverley Art Prize has an annual prize pool worth $12,000 and is open to painting, drawing print & mixed media. This year’s judges are Adam Simms, Curatorial Director, Liverpool St Gallery & Marisa Purcell, Artist.
Maz Dixon is a Sydney artist whose art is inspired by vintage postcards. Since completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts and a Master of Studio Art at the Sydney College of Art, Dixon’s practice has focused primarily on painting and its relationship with mass-produced photographic images. Taking figures and landscapes from postcards, she works out a composition on computer before rendering it into a line drawing that is projected and traced onto a surface. The transition of images from mass-produced to a unique work of art is a central feature of the finished product, with the line drawing still being visible in the finished painting.
Postcards and other mementos primarily function as reminders of holidays and destinations, but they also act as instruction manuals as to how a place is to be experienced or remembered. Often a landscape is imbued with a kind of cartoonish exoticism, or a narrative of ‘exploration’ and ‘discovery’ is grafted onto the the holidaymakers’ experience. Such mundane myth-making serves to obscure the history and traditions of a place and its inhabitants.
Maz has completed residencies with Waverley Council in Australia, at San Cresci in Chianti, Italy and as a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome, Italy. She is a two-time finalist in the Sulman Prize.