Rhett D’Costa, Outside, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.
The new (ab)normal

Rhett D’Costa

So many new phrases have entered our vernacular during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of which I see and hear being used so disarmingly across political and social lines. Language has a way of doing this.  One day in Castlemaine I came across a sign on a transportable billboard; its electric light glowing in sympathy with the autumnal leaves carpeting the road. The whole image bathe in a contradictory, yellow luminescence, at once artificial and natural, ominous and beautiful. A sign of our times, asking us to ‘keep our distance’ as a way to stay safe and healthy, while instinctively the human condition longs for closeness.  

Rhett D’Costa, Outside, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.

About the artist

Rhett D’Costa was born in India and immigrated to Australia as a child with his family. His experiences as an Asian Australian inform his pan disciplinary art practice and research; from the use of colour to complex expressions of identity and belonging.