Focusing on the artist's grandparents, their animals and their land, Farm considers rural experience, its representation in art and its relevance to contemporary life. Whilst Hayes' grandparents use the internet and are current with most things contemporary, she is not interested in representing their world objectively but in filtering it through history and traditional representations of rural life, referencing the Social Realist movement as well as 18th and 19th century British animal portrait painters.
Hayes investigates the dichotomy within Australian art and culture surrounding rural mythologies and urban realities. Mythologizing her grandparents, she translates European traditions of painting into imagery of rural Australia, echoing the colonial introduction of farming in this country.
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