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As She Appears: The Muse in Art

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Unknown: Karnta Jukurrpa (Women's Dreaming) 1986, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

at NGV Australia, Federation Square

Country

Consider community and country as inspiration in the work of Indigenous artists, writers and performers, responding to women artists currently on display in Marking Time: Indigenous Art from the NGV.

Presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

Who?

Portrait of Judith Ryan

Judith Ryan

Judith Ryan AM is Senior Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). Judith received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Arts and English Literature at The University of Melbourne and a Certificate in Education at Oxford University. In her role at the NGV she has curatorial responsibility for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Oceanic Art and Pre-Columbian Art. Judith's special interest is Indigenous Australian art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Judith has curated numerous exhibitions of Indigenous art, has published widely in the field and has been responsible for developing the NGV’s collection of Indigenous Art.

Portrait of Bridget Caldwell

Bridget Caldwell

Bridget Caldwell is a Jingili Mudburra writer and editor currently based in Narrm/Birraranga. She works as co-editor for Archer Magazine as well as literary journal The Lifted Brow. She was previously managing editor for Blak Brow, a Black Women’s Collective edition of The Lifted Brow.

Portrait of Laniyuk

Laniyuk

Laniyuk is a writer and performer of poetry and short memoir. She contributed to the book Colouring the Rainbow: Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives in 2015, has been published online in Djed Press and the Lifted Brow, as well as in poetry collections such as Solid Air (UQP 2019). She received Canberra’s Noted Writers Festival’s 2017 Indigenous Writers Residency, Overland’s 2018 Writers Residency and was shortlisted for Overland’s 2018 Nakata-Brophy poetry prize. She is Cordite Poetry Review's current Indigenous Engagement Editor, runs poetry workshops for festivals such as Girls Write Up, moderates panel discussions, and has given lectures at ANU and The University of Melbourne.  She is currently completing her first collection of work to be published.

Portrait of Taylah Cole

Taylah Cole

Taylah Cole is an Indigenous textile designer and artist, with a BA in Textile Design. In her practise she focuses lots of different subject matters in her art and design practise, they tend to overlap as both of these areas complement each other well. Storytelling is something that always unifies all areas of her practice as it is embedded in her identity. Through her storytelling, she seeks to evoke emotion and through her subject matter. She aims to create aesthetics in her work with a hidden darker meaning, juxtaposing the rise in contemporary Indigenous art and design whilst highlighting the tumultuous nature of Australia's history.

As She Appears: The Muse in Art

The idea of the artistic muse dates back to classical mythology and enjoyed a surprisingly long run as a celebrated, romanticised notion in western art. Today, the notion seems archaic – at least in its traditional sense – yet many artists are still preoccupied with the figure of the muse, even if they’re more concerned with distorting and subverting old ideas of female representation.

What’s the line between inspiration and objectification? And how and when does the muse return or deflect the artist’s gaze? When does the muse reveal herself, and when does she reveal more about her creator?

In this series of after-hours events at the NGV, uncover the many meanings of the muse with curators, writers and performers. They’ll respond to works in the NGV Collection – talking representation, inspiration, family and the female body.

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