The After Party
- Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
- Publication Type:
- Contemporary Australia: Women
The After Party was a large-scale installation, commissioned by the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art for inclusion in the landmark exhibition Contemporary Australia: Women. In response to the curatorial premise that sought to celebrate the`diversity, energy and innovation' of women artists, the project addressed the legacy of feminist body-centered practices, in particular the pioneering feminist work The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago. The work was included alongside early career and well established Australian artists (such as Fiona Hall, Judy Watson, Kate Mitchell and The Brown Council). Both my project and the exhibition at large attracted considerable critical attention. The After Party installation consisted of a `parlour room' replete with decorative and ornamental materials and sculptural elements, all of which referred to (and sometimes directly appropriated) the imagery of women's art since Modernism. It sought to address the potential of decorative forms and materials usually marginalised in art historical discourse, a key focus of my research. It also made explicit the association of decoration with the feminine and with excess. This address of the much neglected association of decorative excess and the feminine was the works significant contribution to contemporary visual art and design practice. Using a practice led methodology it extended the field of study of the legacy of women practitioners in art and design.
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