Thursday, March 22, 2012

More Tattooed Text

Love Letters, 1997, colour linocut, 46 x 30 cm. 
Collection National Gallery of Australia

Continuing with the subject of Tattooed Women Past and Present, last week I learned from Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax, Curator, Australian Prints & Drawings at the National Gallery of Australia, that she has just curated my linocut Love Letters (1997) into a small works on paper show in the NGA’s Australian Art Galleries. The exhibition is loosely themed around the idea of ‘mail art’. Coincidentally, this image also incorporates text (see previous blog post Lost in Translation). Love Letters is one of the few colour linocuts I’ve made. Its theme is eternal: most of us are fools for love. It seems to me that only one thing has changed. On the evidence of the stamp that partly blinds our love-struck heroine, note how much the cost of postage has risen since 1997.

The exhibition also features work by Mike Parr, Richard Tipping, Eugene Carchesio, Pete Spence, Bob Peacock, Noel Hutchison, Brian Thomson and Ian Milliss. It is scheduled to run for approximately 6 months.

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