Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 1956
Lost, Heathcliff 2001
watercolour with pen and ink over pencil on paper
57.4 X 38.0 cm
Noel McKenna is a well-established Australian contemporary artist whose paintings of ordinary moments generate a sense of mystery and unresolved drama. In Lost, Heathcliff McKenna explores the ubiquitous lost-dog notice. This generates sympathy for the family’s loss and also conjures up Heathcliff’s own character and story.
Traditionally, a homemade notice would not be regarded as a worthy subject for a work of art, but McKenna’s watercolour reworks the humble photocopy giving the viewer an opportunity to consider its significant role in contemporary cultural life.
Answer the following question:
A number of the works of art in Home Sweet Home feature everyday signs and notices. What makes these subjects engaging?