Makhijani mostly works in a painterly tradition—hectic brushstrokes and jagged lines fill her art with a nervous energy. She manages to convey an intrinsic edginess without relying too heavily on impasto—the layering of colours—or outré iconography.
The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art is the Gallery's flagship international contemporary art event, and the only major exhibition series in the world to focus exclusively on the contemporary art of Asia, the Pacific and Australia. APT7 continued the series' forward-thinking approach to questions of geography, history and culture and how these questions are explored through the work of contemporary artists.
APT7 also marked the twentieth anniversary of the APT, presenting an opportunity to reflect on the unprecedented transformations that occurred in Australia, Asia and the Pacific over recent decades. Key themes included transforming landscapes, varied engagements with the city, and the adaptability of local cultures in today's globalised world.
Occupying the entire Gallery of Modern Art and key spaces at the Queensland Art Gallery, APT7 featured new and recent works by 75 senior and emerging artists and groups from 27 countries across the region. Major groups of works by younger-generation artists from Indonesia and Vietnam reflected the exciting scenes emerging in those countries. The diversity and depth of Australian Aboriginal art was expressed in the work of five artists, representing some of the most dynamic aspects of Australian art.