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The Girl Who Lived in the Tree

A close friend from the National Gallery of Victoria urged me to seize the opportunity to paint this mural, though it took a lot of convincing. Initially, the idea seemed to embody everything I avoided: commissions, murals, monochrome, precision, heights, and deadlines. I stubbornly refused to even consider it. Eventually, I relented and agreed to travel to Melbourne to discuss the commission, though I still felt repulsed by the idea.

However, everything changed when I delved into the life of Alexander McQueen. His relentless dedication, coupled with his inner struggles that tragically led to his suicide, resonated deeply with me. Suddenly, everything fell into place.

The mural, standing six meters tall, was a reproduction of a design from one of McQueen's dresses depicted here. In November 2022, I embarked on this project, with a 1 x 2 meter scissor lift as my studio for a week and a timeline of five days. Surprisingly, it turned out to be one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. The solitude, mindfulness, and intense focus were euphoric. That week, I experienced a whirlwind of emotions, all while listening to my one playlist on repeat. The result was well received.

Alexander McQueen: Mind Mythos Muse

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