Nothing is Sacred

Her recent body of work Nothing is Sacred, further pushes this dialogue into a broader spectrum. A selection of realistic portraits sees the artist survey a culture of fragile ideologies, social scenes, and the dissonance between visual cultures - while remaining within an ironic discourse. Figures are elevated on to a painted surface, from a ‘common’ person to a subject worthy of being submitted as a contribution to a historical giant. The same can be said about the paraphernalia which regularly feature in her work. Cigarettes, alcohol and other dubious objects appear, which are vis-à-vis to the artist’s environment and culture. Roxburgh’s composed portraits resonate with classical portraiture from a bygone era all the while negating the status these images once held. 
Iconoclastic figures reveal a particular verve and philosophy which is magnetic and threatening. The legacy of portraiture is shoved into the age of shameless youth culture, this evokes a hostility towards social norms and exposes a force of destructiveness. The evidence of film photography is evident; the crystallisation of a singular moment of bounty is investigated through thick oil. An individual narrative can be found within the work, while paradoxically also simultaneously departing from said narrative; an emulsion of privacy to a conscious inclusion of our shared contemporary experience. 

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