Diena Georgetti (b. 1966, Alice Springs, l. Melbourne) has been a significant figure in Australian contemporary art, making paintings that cut through expectation since the outset of her career in the late 1980s. Since then she has marked out an idiom entirely her own, inspiring a pronounced and dedicated following.
Georgetti’s paintings of recent years are composite pictures, aggregates of obscure fragments from communities of artist predecessors. Sourced from the margins of the internet archive, a long time before translating her compositions from small digital images to paint, she collects, collates, manipulates, rejects, recombines, arranges and alters hundreds of disparate elements bringing two or three into striking and unlikely compositions. Assertive harmonies made from incongruous assertions of humanity are Georgetti's signature. She places these new compositions within unexpected frames equally drawn from histories of style. This reattribution and redistribution is her substantial contribution to now.
Her work is held in major public collections in Australia and New Zealand, including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Artbank; The Blackstone Group Collection; Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra; Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki, Auckland; City of Stonnington Art Collection, Melbourne; Geelong Gallery, Geelong; Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane; the Michael Buxton Collection, Melbourne; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; The Redlands School Collection, Sydney; The UQ Art Collection, Brisbane; Wesfarmers Collection, Perth.
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