Skip to content

Update from the Gallery regarding COVID-19

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is open. We are observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Read the latest visit information, including hours

Process diary

Jessica Hodge

Wyndham College

Artwork title
The exquisite muse of sorrow
HSC year
2013
ARTEXPRESS year
2014
Expressive form
Painting
Artist’s statement

My work, The exquisite muse of sorrow, explores the beauty and danger of cancer. The aim of the work is to catch the audience’s attention, to make people wonder and take a second look at the contrasts created by painting with glitter. Cancer is a subject close to me, through the loss of family members and my own personal battle with this disease. I wanted to demonstrate the beauty within such an ugly disease through my interpretation and the twists that occur between subject matter and materials.

Influencing artist: Reuben Paterson