The Good Life

Skinny dipper, video performance, 1.16 mins, 2016
High horse, video performance, 1.13 mins, 2016
Coffee time, video performance, 1.53 mins, 2016
Skinny dipper, watercolour on paper, 29 x 21 cm, 2016

The watercolors that underpin Groobey’s current body of work were made on the road. Some of the characters were created in Germany and in Big Sur, California. But it was travelling to the South of France that bore out the notion of the good life. Encountering the bleach white light of the Luberon and the joie de vivre of her French companions, Groobey found herself asking the questions: “What is the good life?”, “Am I living it?” and, if not, “What kind of activities might lead to the good life?”

Her characters are active, busying themselves, trying to live their lives well. They are striving towards goals, reading books, exercising, hunting for treasures, and skinny dipping. But as the characters go in search of the good life, their quest is, at times, thwarted by excess, obsession, and anxiety. Groobey’s characterizations are humorous and truthful, illustrating our various attempts at self-improvement and ways we might stumble along the way.


Ever Gold Projects, 2017

A toe in the water, 29.7 x 21cm, watercolour on paper, 2016
High horse, 29.7 x 21 cm, watercolour, 2016
Kiss me Kate, 29.7 x 21cm, watercolour on paper, 2016
Treasure hunt, 29.7 x 21cm, watercolour on paper, 2016
Holding, 29.7 x 21cm, watercolour on paper, 2016
Coffee time, 29.7 x 21cm, watercolour on paper, 2016