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Acrylic on canvas, ready to hang.

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Australia is a multi-cultural country and nowhere is that more obvious than in the food we eat. We all enjoy our sushi, Pad Thai and enchiladas and we revel in the diversity that other cultures bring to our own. Yet I wonder, has that diversity seeped into our traditional view we seem to hold of ourselves - the outback, the dust and heat? In this painting I wanted to explore that concept - the restaurants represent ethnicity and I was interested to see how comfortably they sit beside the twin Aussie icons
of the kangaroo and emu. The Morris Minor represents the British influence that history tells us we cannot ignore and we now have a completely new idea of traditional Australia. Of course, the emu has been up to a bit of mischief but the long straight roads and flat horizon stay the same. Amongst all the different cultural influences, is our self perception just staying the same?

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Acrylic on stretched canvas. Ready to hang.

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Mary Conder

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