Madeleine Palmer has established her name in the Melbourne art scene as a semi-finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize and a finalist in the Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize. Graduating in late 2020 from RMIT, her practice explores the concept of shifting realities that are both real and imagined. Her current work explores the dichotomy between tradition and technology. The still life painting cannon is interspersed with images of flowers as an icon of naturalistic beauty and a symbol of fleeting life or momento mori. By warping visual planes, the sculptural quality of orchids is amplified. Psychedelic ribbons of colour cross the canvas and new biomorphic forms take shape. The viewer is asked to make tangible connections to past associations.
Feature image: Madeleine Palmer, Orchid I. Oil on canvas, 122 x 92cm. COURTESY: THE ARTIST