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Process diary

Phoebe Batley

Cheltenham Girls High School

Artwork title
Monstera
HSC year
2018
ARTEXPRESS year
2019
Expressive form
Painting
Artist’s statement

Monstera explores the suburban environment of Sydney, highlighting the tense harmony between urban spaces and native bushland. Loose, gestural brushstrokes contrast with tight, geometric forms to represent a duality that characterises my local area, where native bushland meets suburban neighbourhoods. The title, Monstera, a popular houseplant, alludes to both the natural and the constructed, signifying the presence of the untamed natural world within suburban life in Sydney.

Influencing artists:
Kathryn Macnaughton