Caroline Mudge is a local illustrator and painter who has exhibited locally and nationally over the past decade. Her candy-coloured bold designs of striking female characters are instantly recognisable and can be found upon the walls of many trendy cafes and small bars in Cairns.
She sees opportunity and beauty in broken and discarded materials, often painting on reclaimed timber and over old signage. Mudge takes cues with dark and light themes to lure the viewer in with her saccharine palette while often also revealing a slightly sinister edge on closer inspection.
The sustainable side of Mudge’s practice enables her work to grow organically as these ‘imperfect’ surfaces often inspire her figurative forms and content. This constantly facilitates new and innovative directions in her work.
For Illuminate Cairns, Mudge will collaborate with fellow artist Hayley Gillespie to develop a new work that draws upon the Chinese history of Cairns and in particular, Grafton Street.
“Set in the 1920s, elegant oriental ladies in red gowns strike a pose against the verdant jade sugar cane and bananas plantations. The foliage dwarfs all buildings. Gold fever leads to year of the monkey madness, tropical fever messing with minds before the reprieve of the big wet when worries float away on enlightened drumming clouds.”
Find Caroline and Hayley's creation projected on the west face of Rydges Plaza, 50 Grafton Street, Cairns. And get ready for surprises when Dave Masters moulds their work to new ends with his Kinekt system.
Caroline is a feature artist at the one night only group show Coco Loco Tiki Theme party on Saturday 12th November, entry via Bank Lane off Spence Street or via 34-42 Lake Street.
You can also view Caroline Mudge’s latest murals at 3 Wolves small bar off Abbott St, Pineapple Café on Lake St, Caffiend Alleyway in Grafton St, Pullman Hotel side bar and Ten One Twenty Cafe in Edge Hill.