BRONTË
NAYLOR

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Exchange 




Brontë Naylor
Exchange
2020, arcylic
12 x 12m

St+Art India
Kannagi Nagar, Chennai,  
India
Bronte Naylor’s mural in Kannagi Nagar is a celebration of the diverse number of opportunities for face-to-face interactions that markets in India symbolise as they simultaneously host countless avenues for community-building.⁠

On her first visit to the Koyambedu Flower Market, Naylor was struck by the huge number of small transactions that took place in Koyembadu. Upon finding out that India has many such similar markets - both big and small and dedicated to selling different kinds of wares, Bronte was further fascinated as this stood in contrast to her experience of transactions in general in Australia - which she felt was more homegenised in the way it sold goods, leaving little room for talking to more than one person for any of your multiple needs (supermarkets!).⁠
The mural she has painted is in her signature collage style, which is made from an image she took within the markets during the research phase of the project.

The scene features a vendor who is seen preparing his wares (leaflets in this case) for business while another person sits on a cart used to transport, carry and sell flowers. Her central characters are left faceless because Bronte didn’t wan’t spectators to get lost in identifying people, but instead reflect on the subjects’ unassuming postures and be able to find themselves in the mural.⁠
The visible gap between the two subjects is also an artistic choice Bronte made to signify a space left open for exchange - of ideas and transactions, and more room for the building of many many inter-personal relationships. "⁠
⁠ words by @startindia

Mirror Ocean




Brontë Naylor
Mirror Ocean
2020, arcylic
10 x 25m.

The Big Picture Festival
Civic Thearte, Newcastle
New South Wales