We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Winner: Sir John Sulman Prize 2021

Georgia Spain Getting down or falling up

acrylic on canvas

180.6 x 187.5 cm

In Getting down or falling up, anonymous figures become entangled within the canvas, evoking a sense of movement and tension between the bodies. This work explores the idea of physical tension and connection captured in moments of conflict or pleasure. Limbs reach, push, pull and flail to reflect the feeling of getting up and falling down, over and over again.

In my paintings, I explore the complexities of human behaviour, using narrative and storytelling to examine the cultural, political and personal. I’m interested in the emotional and performative exchanges between people in social and psychological spaces. I often investigate bodies in groupings, touching on an instinctive engagement between people in crisis or communion.

Georgia Spain, 2021