I've never lived in Sydney, so I feel I can't judge or have concrete opinions. When I think of Sydney I think of holiday memories. Living in Melbourne, I'm very aware of the (other) big city up the road. To me Sydney is associated with short stays, usually in hotels. Music, restaurants and nights out. I think of brighter light and luxurious surroundings - due to the fact that I'm on holiday and spending more money. Sydney is associated with a happy time for me, with a better looking coastline and a feeling of flamboyance. Visiting awakens the holiday vibe. I think I see everything as a proper visitor. This makes me more alert whilst observing. I painted these paintings with memories of good times in Sydney.
- Marise Maas, 2019