Christa Jonathan
You’re alright, love
photographic collage, ink jet print
(installation detail)
© 2009

You’re alright, love
is a social commentary on and about two sides of Melbourne. The lovely side, the one we all take pride in and acknowledge: that laid-back, friendly, multi-cultural and multi-racial city that welcomes everyone regardless their appearances. And the other, often dismissed and ignored side – that drenched in offensive mockeries and insults from racists, which in few occasions are so dumb that they’re borderline hilarious. Inspired by the situations I experienced first hand, I will create a series of illustrations made out of wood, found images, photographs, patterned papers, fabric off-cuts found in op shops, markets and paper recycling bins of the city. These small collages are layered up to create one huge image – transforming the Sample window into a visual manifestation of my observation, exploration, experience and memories of Melbourne for five years and counting.

Christa Jonathan is an Indonesian-born, Melbourne-based emerging graphic designer and artist. She completed her Bachelor of Visual Communication with First Class Honours at Monash University in 2008. When she’s not designing and illustrating she can be found exploring op shops, scouring markets and taking photographs of letterings in Melbourne. This is her first art show in the real world outside of university.