Sarah Rodigari: Art You Can Wear T-shirt
With the current closure of galleries, museums and public art spaces due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the time to get art out, about and onto the site we take with us everywhere—our bodies.
Putting art front and centre, Art You Can Wear invited submissions from artists and non-artists worldwide for designs that have been printed on a limited edition run of T-shirts. Ten winning designs were chosen from hundreds of entries by a panel including MUMA’s Director Charlotte Day, City of Melbourne’s Design Director Jocelyn Chiew, artist Dr Christian Thompson and artist/Director of Monash Art Projects Professor Callum Morton.
Sarah Rodigari is an artist based in Sydney and a member of the collective Field Theory. Interested in the social and political potential of art, her text-based performances and installations often emerge from walking conversations, and process situations using observation, dialogue and humour. Rodigari's T-shirt is a love-filled portrait of migrant Australia and growing up in the 1980s and 1990s. For the artist, 'Effie' is not only the stereotypical Greek Australian TV character parodied in the series Acropolis Now (1989–92)—representing a minority population that ‘talks back to white Australia’—but the name of her mother, ‘a Yugoslav migrant. Left school at 9, still working at 74.’ ‘Effie’ is memorialised here in the style of Esprit, the ‘mid-market, go-to store for a “young new Australia” in the ’80s and ’90s. The spirit of “normal”.’ Rodigari’s design is described by the artist as ‘2nd gen migrant streetwear, post–Eastern European malapropism.’
Other T-shirts in the Art You Can Wear series:
Printed locally on Fairwear accredited 100% organic cotton. More information on Art You Can Wear can be found here.
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