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.
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.