VCA ART 2021

Mina McSweeney

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drawing & Printmaking)

My practice centres on the generation of images, from their advent in dreams, visions and archetypes to my production of them in paint and ink. I largely create paintings on canvas and panel, and have recently branched out to create site-specific mural works in hidden and inaccessible spaces.

My work is concerned with transformational imagery and primordial symbolism, influenced by human artistic-spiritual history from ancient cave paintings to Abrahamic mysticism. Jungian notions of the collective unconscious and shared mythological narratives inspire the images I am drawn to create. Through exploring animalistic, religious and human–unhuman chimerical symbolism, I seek a surreal unification of animal and human, conscious and unconscious, above and below, divine and mundane.

Mina McSweeney, Subterrenia, Photographic prints on paper, 2021. Documentation by ALEC.
Mina McSweeney, Subterrenia, Photographic print on paper, 2021. Documentation by ALEC.

We acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campus is situated, the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung people of the Kulin Nations, who have created art, made music and told their stories here for thousands of generations. We also acknowledge and extend our respect to the Traditional Owners of all lands on which our work is viewed, shared and enjoyed, and to all Elders, past, present and emerging.

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