The collages and paintings by Maz Dixon featuring “The Big Things of Australia”, will be featured in the upcoming curated exhibition Art + Food: Beyond the Still Life at Brenda May Gallery in Sydney. Beginning in the early 60s, monumental objects ranging from giant fruit to prawns and pelicans began to litter the landscape of Australia. Personally, the first “Big Thing” I encountered after moving to Australia was The Big Prawn in Ballina which was constructed in 1989. In reality, the bubblegum pink crustacean emerges on the horizon of the roadside much in the same way it pokes out of the surf of Dixon’s Monument (Prawn). Here the vintage feel of the artwork is echoed in the recipe with the retro-classic, prawn cocktail.
Max Dixon, Monument (Prawn), 2012
collage, 31 x 38cm, Courtesy the Artist and Brenda May Gallery, Sydney