It’s been a big week in art … with Jim Pavlidis

For many artists, reality is merely a springboard into a fantastic lifelong artistic journey.

Maurits Cornelis Escher, whose work is currently on show at the NGV, was famous for his impossible landscapes and mathematical tessellations.

Original artwork: Maurits Cornelis Escher

Original artwork: Maurits Cornelis Escher

For some men, however, reality is a concept too difficult to deal with.

Blokes who think the definition of femininity is a life-sized Barbie doll and sit in darkened rooms furiously tapping away – on a computer keyboard – should never be allowed to cause the hurt
and discomfort Tayla Harris felt after that incredible kicking photo appeared online.

The backlash to the trolling was fierce, unanimous in its praise of the power and precision of her 45-metre set shot.

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis

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