"Women in art must look to the future as they have no past" said Mary Cecil Allen at an opening of the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors in 1935. A critical examination of the current art practices of women in Australia.
Presentation and artist statement by contemporary female art practitioners. Women looking as feminist, feminine, female, femme, feminal. Artists featured: Frances Joseph, Angela Stewart, Maryanne Coutts, Noela Hjorth, Jill Kempson, Maria Kuczynska, Rosslynd Piggott, Eugenia Raskopoulos, C. Moore Hardy, Alex Macfadyen, Janet Neilson, Deborah Paauwe, Virginia Barratt, Linda Dement, Susie Hansen, Janina Green, Joy Smith, Madeleine Winch, Kathie Muir, Libby Round, Pam Johnston, Merryn Eirth, Dee Jones, Di Barrett, Frances Phoenix and Ella Dreyfus.
The artists were selected because their work embraces not only questions of gender, but also addresses the distinctive duality between the superficial look of things and the complex web of underlying meaning, desire, fear, experience, and memory that they have located and interpreted for us. Featured artists are Jane Eisemann, Jacqui Stockdale, K.T. Prescott, Helen Wright and Megan J Walch.
Some reflections on a paper entitled the Horror of the Gaze. Art criticism is, perhaps, an art form and not expected primarily to make sense. There is no consensus about what art is, but we do seem to share an urge to understand what critics say about it.
During the past 8 years or so there have been two distinctive strands of activity which women artists have pursued in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Both are concerned with questions of identity. Artists Fiona Pardington, Emily Karaka, Shona Davies, Christine Webster and Robyn Kahukiwa.