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.
Tom O’Hern is an artist based in the Moonah, lutruwita/Tasmania. He makes thousands of drawings that all conglomerate into one large, unending artwork. His work acts as a diary and he thinks a lot about the End-Permian Mass Extinction. The drawing for his Art You Can Wear T-shirt is pulled from his daily Instagram drawing diary/addiction, dated at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. At this early stage, he was building as many veggie beds as he could and wondering how Mad Max it was all going to get.