Self Portrait - Where the wild things grow
About the artist and artwork
Rachael South developed a love of oil painting aged 9, while growing up in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, in an A frame house, the same A frame that appears in the background to this work.
She completed a BA in Fine Arts at QCA, Griffith University, and now mostly paints Australian flora and fauna.
This self portrait began with her kindy photo, aged three, and represents her artistic journey since then. The sideways face suggests she sees the world from a different perspective to the majority view. And the snake references the restrictions she faced during her career.
Rachel hopes that her ‘paintings evoke a feeling or emotion within allowing us to look closer at the relationships we have with ourselves and the environment. Whilst bringing colour and warmth to our lives.’