Love Me Resentfully and more art by Caitlin Pengelly

Love Me Resentfully, 2021
9 x 9 cm (h x w)
Acrylic paint
Paint pens
Fabric collage

“Love Me Resentfully” is a mixed media piece. Consisting of collaged, painted fabric and embroidered felt the environment within the petri dish, once beautiful, is growing and decaying. At its core, the work is an idealised utopian environment, much like Earth the perfect habitable place. A natural world realised through memories of places, experiences within them and daydreams after the fact. The 3D foreground of the piece reflects upon the continued nightmarish state of the planet due to the habits of humanity, resulting in issues such as climate change. Within the petri dish, humanity behaves like microorganisms or bacteria, decaying and destroying the natural world as it thrives in its perfect environment. Science is seen as the answer to many of the problem’s humanity has caused. Within humanity, there must be an understanding about what can be done on a personal level to help restore nature, however, is there an underlying ignorance and bitterness towards these personal challenges that may outweigh the affection and need for natural balance? The work aims to challenge the points and invites the audience to reflect on their own fond experiences of nature and consider what it would be like without them.

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