Milani Gallery

Wealth for Toil #2

Public Description: 

In ‘Wealth for Toil #2’, Raquel Ormella continues her ongoing exploration of Australian identity and our relationship to winning and money. It is one in a series of banners which explores gold as both a precious metal and as a metaphor. The artwork’s title references the Australian National Anthem. Raquel critiques some of the less desirable aspects of Australian patriotism – specifically the national public outcry when the Australian swimming team did not come back with gold at the 2012 London Olympics, despite millions of dollars being poured into the Australian Institute of Sport. This moment typified what Raquel sees as a fault in contemporary Australian society that chooses to celebrate “winners only” and valourise individuals rather than build a society that seeks to invest in the common wealth and social capital.