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Maya Sebestyen

Roseville College

Artwork title
Wine swine
HSC year
Expressive form
Collection of works
Artist’s statement

While being dragged around the Hunter Valley by my parents I became fascinated by the evocative language winemakers use to describe wines. I was further amused when I joined an online wine forum under the username 'wine swine’.

My artwork uses irony and humour to reveal different aspects of wine culture. The installation is very much inspired by Robert McPherson’s use of installation to comment on aspects of language and culture. My exploration of wine jargon shows that you don’t have to be an expert to sound like a critic.

Collection connections

The play of language is an integral element of these artworks by Maya Sebestyen and Robert McPherson. Compare how each artist has explored the language of art and the art of language. Consider the role of the audience when interpreting these artworks. In what way does the dialogue change in relation to the individual viewer?