Confusion, Joy, Music
WINNER – 2019 Art Lovers New Artist Award
“Art is a little bit like heavy underpants, you’re constantly aware it’s next to your most intimate thoughts”.
Joi Murugavell is deeply moved by humour, strength and song lyrics. Her paintings are part abstract — with large, blocked-out colorful shapes, and part Dr. Suess — with zany characters that act out the nuanced interactions we all face in our day-to-day life. Her work is collected by people in knowing need of a laugh. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in London, Mexico, New Zealand and Korea. In 2017 she was part of a performance piece called ‘Ask Me Anything’ where she sat next to a new body of work while members from the Museum Of Contemporary Art Australia’s Young Ambassadors Club were invited to sit opposite her and enter into an intimate and open dialogue about her art practice. Joi currently lives in Sydney, preferring a quiet life next to a dog park.