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Kathy Temin


1968 -


During the Australian recession of the early 1990s, a number of younger artists in Sydney and Melbourne pursued an intentionally unpolished style of art. To describe their apathetic and crude DIY aesthetic, artist and curator Jeff Gibson coined the term 'grunge'. The grunge artists incorporated kitsch, mass-produced objects and inexpensive junk from inner-city and suburban neighbourhoods into their artworks, extending on precedents set by the Annandale Imitation Realists and Popists. Their objective was, in part, to challenge formal conventions of art making, display and interpretation.

'Inbetween dis-play' and 'Home dis-play' are archetypical grunge works. Each hand painted cabinet exhibits an assortment of items that reference identity and personal history, modern art, everyday life, and popular culture. Their assembly was inspired by cabinets of curiosities but also the clutter of shop fronts and home furnishings.




Materials used

perspex, wood, enamel and acrylic paint, synthetic fur, clay, metal rail


240.0 x 120.0 x 50.0 cm

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Gift of the artist 2015. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Kathy Temin

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 8 publications


Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Kathy Temin: Dis-play problem, Melbourne, 1994, n.pag.. 3; priced $5,000

Naomi Cass, Art & Text (No. 50), 'Kathy Temin', pg. 64-65, Prahran, Jan 1995, 65.

Natalie King, The Seppelt Contemporary Art Award 1997 MCA, 'Kathy Temin' interview with Kathy Temin, pg. 38-39, Australia, pre Nov 1997.

Natalie King, Art and Australia (Vol. 32, No. 3), 'Dis-splayed', pg. 444, Sydney, Autumn 1995, 444.

Andrew Renton, Art and cultural difference: hybrids and clusters, 'Kathy Temin: the problem is ...', pg. 30-35, London, 1995, 30 (colour illus.), 35 (colour illus.).

Jason Smith, Kathy Temin, 'Kathy Temin problems, dis-plays, habitats and the home', pg. 15-20, Bulleen, 2009, 19. plate no. 12

Sue Spaid, Art/Text, 'Kathy Temin: aspect blindness', pg. 72-75, Sydney, May 2000-Jul 2000, 74 (colour illus.).

Virginia Trioli, The Age, 'Beauty in 'ugly ducklings'', pg. 20, Melbourne, 14 Sep 1994, 20.