Venturing over the hill from the hustle and bustle of Brisbane’s Valley, onward to New Farm, the streets seem to become quieter and darker. That is until reaching the Edwina Corlette Gallery, where Melbourne-based street artist Vexta
is having the opening night of her current solo exhibition, In Between Worlds.
An eclectic mix of people fill the space with almost as much colour and character as her paintings exude. Bright neon geometric shapes feature in almost all of her pieces – from paintings on canvas to intricately illustrated animal skulls – and the drone of a Ben Frost-sounding audio installation compliments the visuals.
After cutting some laps and partaking in two or three complimentary drinks, we eventually manage to corner the young lady for a quick chat. She’s candid and cheerful and excited about a move to Brooklyn, New York in the coming weeks. Her love of skulls is evident in the work and she suggests that she’s simply always “loved ’em”. It’s short and sweet, but you can tell she’s excited to be showing her work. Call it a success.
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