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Filthyratbag

Collection of artwork from FIlthyratbags exhitbion “I’ve been to paradise but I’ve never been to me”, August 31st - September 16th.

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FILTHY RATBAG

I'VE BEEN TO PARADISE BUT I'VE NEVER BEEN TO ME

Located somewhere between Cindy Sherman, Joan Rivers and Matisse; Celeste Mountjoy (known most commonly by the alias ‘FilthyRatBag’) is a Melbourne based visual artist and writer at the helm of a practice as caustic as it is sensitive. Working primarily (though not exclusively) with rudimentary office stationary and digital mediums, Mountjoy fuses a barebones approach to line work with shards of text which range from the autobiographical to the culturally critical - choosing systematised misogyny, coming-of-age cliché’s and digital alienation as her targets.

‘I’ve Been To Paradise But I’ve Never Been To Me’ is Mountjoy’s first solo exhibition, a collection of work created over the past ten months; spanning several canvases, drawings and a handful of audio-visual works. The title of the exhibition, lifted from late 70’s FM radio titan Charlene’s ‘I’ve Never Been To Me’ rips the conservative ethos of the song loose from it’s moorings. Initially a lament for an idealised life of domesticity lost in the pursuit of bodily pleasures, the song’s main refrain, written by male songwriting duo Miller & Hirsch, is here re-appropriated to evoke the experience of growing as a woman in the dawn of a new century under the instruction of frameworks created by people who would not have to live through it. 

Given Mountjoy’s age (18) it is not surprising that her work also takes as its subject human nature’s struggle against its own chaotic creation, the hyper-connectivity afforded by the internet. Rather than grieve its ills or paint it in awe, Mountjoy prods at the inevitable archetypes and binaries created by the echo chambers of message boards, vote-in polls and pornography. Aspiring for a model of womanhood miniaturised and made into a consumer cliche, Mountjoy’s women struggle against or are magnetically absorbed into the gendered frameworks promised to them by the various utopias of the internet, both those of motherhood and those of whoredom.

 

Hot Birds

Hot Birds

1,260.00
Growth Spurt

Growth Spurt

1,260.00
Betrayal

Betrayal

1,260.00
Bite the hand that feeds you

Bite the hand that feeds you

1,260.00
YR Likes Make Me Horny

YR Likes Make Me Horny

1,260.00
Venus In Furs

Venus In Furs

1,260.00
Sexy Game

Sexy Game

370.00
Things Are Great

Things Are Great

370.00
Sorry

Sorry

370.00
Put Me Back Together Again
sold out

Put Me Back Together Again

370.00
Butterface

Butterface

420.00
Cock Tease

Cock Tease

420.00
Mature For Your Age

Mature For Your Age

420.00
Uninformative Sex Ed

Uninformative Sex Ed

420.00
You're 16, You're Beautiful And You're Mine

You're 16, You're Beautiful And You're Mine

420.00
Everyone Does It

Everyone Does It

420.00
Post Wank Guilt

Post Wank Guilt

420.00
Nipple Reduction
sold out

Nipple Reduction

420.00
Fake Orgasm

Fake Orgasm

420.00
Headless Nudes

Headless Nudes

420.00
Put Out

Put Out

420.00
Secret Photoshoot

Secret Photoshoot

420.00
Not Like The Other Girls

Not Like The Other Girls

420.00
What's A Clit?

What's A Clit?

420.00
Virgin Whore

Virgin Whore

420.00
Wank Bank

Wank Bank

420.00
Kissing Girls For Boys

Kissing Girls For Boys

420.00
Cat Call

Cat Call

420.00
Text Me Back

Text Me Back

420.00
Premarital Fuck

Premarital Fuck

420.00
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Smash N Dash

420.00
Did U Come?

Did U Come?

420.00
Blue Balls

Blue Balls

420.00
Back Door

Back Door

420.00
Playah

Playah

420.00
Business As Usual

Business As Usual

420.00