I first worked with eX de Medici in 2010 - she was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial to produce works on the Australian Defence Force on operations in the Solomon Islands. eX is an incredible being, with a wit that can bring down governments. Then there is eX's work. Which is to say the least, astonishing.
This video was a team effort with thanks to eX, Irifan, Magda and to Sullivan + Strumpf
Although continually shifting in subject matter, eX de Medici’s intricate watercolours form ongoing interrogations of the politics of power and the relationship between life and death. Beneath their beautiful ornamentations, themes of violence and destruction are orchestrated through the imagery of firearms, helmets and other military paraphernalia wreathed by organic detritus. This unique aesthetic draws from the artist’s background as a tattooist and recalls the vanitas tradition. De Medici’s miniaturist technique and technical virtuosity invites close examination through which the spectator becomes caught in a paradoxical vacillation between the beautiful and the repulsive.
De Medici’s work is held in numerous public collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and most State Galleries. Selected solo exhibitions include Cold Blooded: eX de Medici, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra (2013), eX de Medici, Urima University, Iran (2013), eX de Medici/Vexed Generation, Fashion Space Gallery, London (2010) and Soft Steel, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2003). Recent group exhibitions include Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Dark Heart, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2014); Conflict: contemporary responses to war, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (2014), Like, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney (2012);Freehand: Recent Australian Drawing, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2010) and Perspectives, Australian War Memorial, Canberra (2010). In 2009, de Medici participated in the Artist in War Program as an Official War Artist through the Australian War Memorial, ACT, in the Solomon Islands Peace Keeping Mission. eX