Home Sweet Home
Works from the
Peter Fay collection
11 October 18 January 2004
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 1956
Lost, Heathcliff 2001
watercolour with pen and ink over pencil on paper
57.4 X 38.0 cm
Noel McKenna is a well-established Australian contemporary artist whose paintings of ordinary moments generate a sense of mystery and unresolved drama. In Lost, Heathcliff McKenna explores the ubiquitous lost-dog notice. This generates sympathy for the family’s loss and also conjures up Heathcliff’s own character and story.
Traditionally, a homemade notice would not be regarded as a worthy subject for a work of art, but McKenna’s watercolour reworks the humble photocopy giving the viewer an opportunity to consider its significant role in contemporary cultural life.
Answer the following question:
- A number of the works of art in Home Sweet Home feature everyday signs and notices. What makes these subjects engaging?