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Title

Skeleton leaf


Artist

Olive Cotton

Australia

11 Jul 1911 - 27 Sep 2003


About

Olive Cotton grew up on the outskirts of Sydney where she was exposed to the range of contemporary thinking whether scientific, political or artistic. Her childhood friendship with Max Dupain and joint love of photography led to their eventual though brief marriage and her work in the Max Dupain studio during the war years. Cotton knew Harold Cazneaux and studied photographic styles from pictorialism onwards. Her own work was characterized, as Helen Ennis has written, by 'an abiding love of nature, astute powers of observation, a democratic approach to subject matter, and a sheer delight in and mastery of the photographic medium.'

Cotton worked as a photographer until her second marriage to Ross McInerney and move to country NSW in 1946. Until 1964, when she set up a studio in Cowra she concentrated on childrearing and farm life. Rediscovered in 1981 her work was much sought after through the 1980s and 1990s and she continued taking photographs and printing her own work until 1996.


Details


Date

1964


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph, vintage


Dimensions

24.7 x 19.6 cm image; 25.0 x 20.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Photography Collection Benefactors' Program 2006


Location

Not on display


Accession number

175.2006


Artist information

Olive Cotton

Works in the collection

21


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Christine Bates, Making art connections: Visual arts years 7 & 8, 'Lets make an artwork: Leaf life', pg. 73-74, North Ryde, 2010, 73 (illus.).

Helen Ennis, Olive Cotton, Sydney, 2000, 46 (illus.).

Vigen Galstyan, Look, 'Infinite flatness: exploring the intangible', pg. 28-29, Sydney, Oct 2012, 29 (illus.).