Savannah Rios-Wills’ paintings explore the artist’s identity and understanding of ‘home’. Rios-Wills’ relationship with the American South is complex and multi-faceted, and these paintings are an exploration of these feelings. Rios Wills’ recurring motif of labouring hands refers back to the history of quilt-making and textiles – a history rooted in poverty – in the artist’s family. Playful and loose, the paintings nod deliberately to Southern American folk art.
Matlakas’ The Last Supper portrays joy as a symbol of gratitude for what is given in a world where, though there is excess, still many people are prevented from benefiting.
Christie Chan’s The Three Sparrows and the Fallen Moon, meanwhile, is an illustrated story exploring themes of escapism, the search for belonging, and the power of kindness. It revolves around the journey of the lost moon that is eventually found.