Have you ever wondered what would happen to your plush toys if they were painted by a famous artist? Wonder no more and dive deep into the world of Australian artist Joi Murugavell. Having made the art world chuckle with her paintings on pizza boxes during the pandemic, Joi Murugavell has never been afraid to play with materials. She regularly integrates pompoms, popsicle sticks along with bits and pieces of fabric to her works. Mixed with her humorous one-liners and cute characters, it may seem like her works are simply colourful celebrations of childhood spirit. But a closer inspection reveals a deeper concern with current events, cultural change and finding one’s place in the world.
‘Many Ways Home’, the artist’s first solo show in Singapore examines the impossibility of living in a society that attaches meaning to everything. In this exhibition, Joi Murugavell invites all visitors to explore different ways to make a home and to feel at home. The show will feature large scale paintings, drawings, sculptures, reclaimed objects, and interactive installations.
Not limited by the general art form, the artist’s use of acrylic, oil sticks, crayons, spray paint, charcoal, collage and other mix media on canvas, wood, and other objects like books or tambourines, give life to interesting characters (collectively referred to as Ooglies) through from the combination of overlapping lines in the canvas, ultimately allowing viewers to participate in Joi’s humorous and interesting life episodes, and living a uniquely “Joiful” experience.
Venue: Nonage gallery, 5 Jln Kilang #02-03, Singapore 159405
When: 5 May - 19 Jun 2023, 12noon - 6pm
By: Nonage Gallery