This is a painting of a fellow artist, and friend's washing bucket. Recently she had her first child, and along with the joy of parenthood, comes the never ending piles of washing. Not being able to leave the house much due to lockdown seems to magnify the feeling of domestication. But it also gives us the chance to slow down and notice the beauty in the mundane and repetitive daily rituals.
Liss Finney (b. 1992, Lutruwita / Tasmania) is a multidisciplinary Australian artist based on Awabakal Country in Newcastle, NSW. Her work spans across a variety of media, predominantly working with paint and installation. A key part of Finney’s practice involves exploring different forms of expressive process to investigate human connection and experience within the modern and natural world. Her works often interchange between the simple and beautiful act of observation to complex issues of environmental concern and examinations of social constructs around gender and sexuality.
Liss has a background in scientific Illustration, holding a Bachelor Degree with Distinction in Natural History Illustration from the University of Newcastle, and is currently completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the National Art School, majoring in painting. Finney has exhibited across NSW, undertaken an artist residency at NES in Iceland in 2017 supported by Maitland Regional Art Gallery, and was awarded the 2019 Hall and Wilcox Emerging Artist Prize. Recently she has been a finalist in the 2020 Little Things Art Prize, 2020 Blake Prize, the 2021 Gosford Art Prize and the 2021 Little Things Art Prize.