In Growth At All Costs!, Penelope Cain takes as a broad starting point her ongoing interest in urban landscape and 'the city', as a site for propositional porosities and glitches in the narratives of space, place and function.
This current line of enquiry was triggered by cutting out maps of cities. In Growth Solution #1: Sydney, the artist mapped the form of the built city through flat black sequins, cutting it out and away from its territory. This process opened questions about the economics of land in the city and broader questions about how the economy appears and is presented in the city.
That there is a performative element to economics is a proposition that Cain presents through an intentional collision of apparently disparate elements such as the performance of colonial landscape painting, Victorian mourning jewellery and tribal religious regalia.