In The art that made me, artists discuss works in the Art Gallery of NSW collection that either inspire, influence or simply delight them. This selection by Sydney-based artist Joan Ross first appeared in Look – the Gallery’s members magazine.
Unaware she was being interviewed, Joan Ross described her 2017 Sulman Prize as ‘really bloody great’. It’s how she describes certain works in the Gallery collection, too, including the Ken Family collective’s collaborative canvas Seven sisters 2016. The ‘magic eye’ effect of the artists’ depiction of a tjala (honey ant) stopped her in her tracks during a recent visit to the Gallery. The artwork’s ‘almost 3D’ effect provoked a familiar reaction as Ross asked to pose with the 2016 Wynne Prize-winning landscape: ‘It’s really bloody great.’