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Sour Crude


eX de Medici
Big Money
watercolour on paper
Image courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+ Strumpf

Sour Crude was eX de Medici's first solo show in three years. It combined swirling, psychedelic colours and delicate brushstrokes - the legacy of the artist's acclaimed tattooing practice - which exposed modern-day forces such as corruption, consumerism and corporate greed.

Oil, the slippery substance that fuels the cars we buy and the wars we fight, plays an unseen role in our lives. For eX de Medici, the Canberra-based artist spent the past three decades making impossibly intricate paintings that explored the power structures that hold us captive, also became a metaphor for her body of work.