Across two weeks in October, Mathew Calandra, Emily Crockford, Annette Galstaun, Lauren Kerjan, Jaycee Kim, Catherine McGuiness, and Meagan Pelham of Studio A created an epic mural on the largest single wall at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. See their declaration of the power of love and togetherness come to life in these glimpses of their process.
The mural tells the artists’ distinct personal stories of care and connection. Together, they create an electrifying whole that offers a radically optimistic response to the present moment. Each artist portrays a person or a being who has supported and inspired them during 2020. There are self-portraits with fellow artists and writers and pictures of friends, family and pets, alongside imaginative companions. The entire joyous congregation is enveloped by the wings of Meagan Pelham’s ‘love owls’ – guardians and tributes to devotion and unconditional love.