SOS is a new collection by Australian artist, Dscreet. The well-toured owl lover earlier painted extensively in London, as part of the notorious Burning candy Crew, a group that included artists such as Cept, Pegs, Sweet Toof, Cyclops, Tek33, and occasionally SickBoy. Now back in his home country and forced to spend several hours alone during Melbourne’s draconian lockdown, drunkenly surfing Tinder, Dscreet set his phone aside and picked up a paintbrush, putting the several bottles of booze he’d drained to better use. This is the result.
"I spent a lot of time in isolation walking around alone, first depressed, then I found a way to look at things differently. The world was upside down so it was time to discover new places to keep my mind occupied. To find new uses for the detritus in my brain and on the streets. This city became a strange jail with one hour of outdoor time to breathe, no painting and no surfing allowed, few outlets for anyone like me who funnels freedom into my art. I felt like we were all sharing a special kind of crazy. At first I began to go a little insane, listening to the media, trying to make sense of it all, trying to deny my relative misery, but there were a lot of conflicting stories coming out, no-one really knew what was going on. I meditated, did yoga, breathwork, exercise and then drank a lot of alcohol. I felt the same conflicting story in myself, trying to stay healthy and positive then destroying the good work with the polar opposite force. Somehow a balance evolved, staring into the empty bottles, I decided to put them to good use and decorate them with the profound lyrics of those who have been drunk and isolated before me, after all, many of us creative types spend even the most normal times in isolation, sometimes confused and conflicted. Sometimes there’s those moments of clarity at the end of a cycle."
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