– Kushana Bush –

By Autumn 2009

Bush’s aesthetic – with its use of small scale, decorative aspects and stylised figures – permits her often shockingly sexual and gruesome imagery to sneak past our cultural sensitivities. Viewers move closer before they even realise what they’re seeing. And once there, they might as well ask: who and what and why? Yet unlike many of today’s artists and celebrities, Bush is not out to shock. She seeks new ways of discussing the clichéd or contentious. And against the barrage of contemporary imagery and debate, a little artistic sleight of hand is often necessary. – Talia Linz

Kushana Bush, Pressed open hook, 2009, detail; gouache and pencil on paper, 100 x 70 cm; ARTAND Australia Emerging Artist Collection; courtesy the artist and Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin