Collection Online
gouache, matallic paint and pencil
(66.5 × 44.5 cm) (image) 95.2 × 72.3 cm (framed)
Place/s of Execution
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Accession Number
International Prints and Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated by Jo Horgan and Peter Wetenhall, 2015
© Kushana Bush
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of the Joe White Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display
Subjects (general)
Allegory and Symbols Human Figures Violence
Subjects (specific)
deer deviant behaviour groups of people musicians nudity rituals (events) spectators (event observers) stage components
Contemporary (style of art)
Kushana Bush has said of her work that ‘borrowing and adapting imagery, not of my time or place – and crucially, getting it wrong – somehow produces pictures that speak of the here and now. I’m very attracted to that cycle of collapsing interpretations, it keeps you yearning’. In many of her images Bush depicts groups of people on a stage, with some directly involved in the action, while others look on. She sees this as a metaphor for watching world events from Dunedin, New Zealand, describing herself as one of the ‘lucky observers, who lick ice creams while the world implodes’.