Steig Persson on Landscape (Covetous)

25 Jun 2018

Melbourne-based artist Stieg Persson discusses his work Landscape (Covetous), as part of his solo exhibition Stieg Persson: Polyphonic.

Stieg Persson: Polyphonic explored the rich, complex and beguiling practice of Melbourne-based artist Stieg Persson. Bringing together work spanning a 30-year career, this major exhibition provided the opportunity to reflect upon the preoccupations and concerns that thread through and bind the artist’s expansive practice: issues of mortality and the human condition; the ongoing relevance and importance of the past; the ebb and flow of notions of taste and class; and underpinning these intersecting interests, the fundamental question about just what is the contribution of art to contemporary life. As Persson asks, ‘Does art any longer have any faith in its ability to be an authentic form of self-expression?