The reputation of Australia as a holiday destination — particularly Queensland — once went hand-in-hand with a tradition of postcards. Every post shop, tourist attraction and souvenir store was awash in a somewhat cheesy sea of koalas, Harbour Bridges and the ‘Aussie Beach Bum’ (complete with bikini-clad buttocks against a sandy backdrop).
Greetings From… is a lighthearted reimagining of the postcard as a pictorial representation of Australia. While koalas and landmarks might still be used as subjects, the contributing artists also depict the people and places that form their personal Australian identities, from favourite local bands to household products. The result is a collection of inside jokes, shared experiences and Australian icons that create a sense of shared cultural identity and connectivity — aks a nostalgic revival of the postcard’s role as a form of communication.
Greetings From… exhibits at Work-Shop Brisbane until 24 October, with all artworks available for purchase.