In the course of little more than a year, Sydney's Ace Hotel has swiftly become one of the city's creative epicentres. Not only do their walls play host to an array of the city's most vibrant music and fashion events, but they are adorned in art from some of our most exciting emerging and early-career artists.
In July, they announced they would be one of Ace's global hotel branches taking part in an Artist in Residence (AIR) program – inviting one new artist quarterly to stay, create and exhibit new works on site.
And this week, Ace Hotel Sydney welcomes Melbourne-based Butchulla and Burmese painter Mia Boe, whose newest work, I can’t stop thinking about you, will be on view there from Saturday 25 November, until January 2024.
During her month-long residency at Ace Hotel Sydney, Boe created a series of ink paintings on silk and a natural-fibre hanging sculpture exploring the ever-present feeling of acknowledging lost loved ones and ancestors around you.
About Ace Hotel's AIR program...
Curated by Nina Fitzgerald (creative director of Going North and Laundry Gallery), the AIR program at Ace Hotel Sydney aims to elevate a series of First Nations voices in an attempt to further empower creative new perspectives.
The hotel's first artist-in-residence was Wiradjuri poet and multidisciplinary artist Jazz Money.
About Mia Boe...
If you haven't already come across the artistic output of Mia Boe, let me tell you that it's truly a delightful experience. A painter from Brisbane (now based in Melbourne) with Butchulla and Burmese ancestry, she landscapes her canvases in a sort of neo-Western style, depicting spirit people in landscapes and domestic spaces, and exploring ideas of ancestry, folklore, inheritance and 'disinheritance' through a seeking to record and recover Indigenous histories.
Boe's work has been featured in the pages of RUSSH a couple of times, most recently as the cover of our second RUSSH Home issue.