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Title

Untitled

1985

Artist

Madonna Staunton

Australia

1938 - 16 Dec 2019

  • Details

    Date
    1985
    Media category
    Collage
    Materials used
    collage of book and box remnants, dried grass stalk on pale green paper, on cardboard
    Dimensions
    76.0 x 51.0 cm card; 80.0 x 54.0 x 8.8 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.l. card, pencil "Madonna Staunton '85".

    Credit
    Purchased 1986
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    158.1986.1
    Copyright
    © Madonna Staunton

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  • About

    Madonna Staunton’s aim in this collage was simply to invite contemplation. Staunton likes to ‘bring to life’ disparate elements of what she terms ‘inert matter’, opening up new possibilities for them.

    The work can be interpreted as a visual poem, embodying the notion that enlightenment may be found in the commonplace. This idea, coupled with her careful selection and placement of elements, reflects Staunton’s longstanding interest in Oriental philosophy, particularly Zen Buddhism, whose teachings emphasise the importance of capturing the essence of the aesthetic object by the simplest of means.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Anthony Bond, Australian Perspecta '85, 'Madonna Staunton', pg. 61, Sydney, 1985, 61. Catalogue entry for two collages by Madonna Staunton (not Agnsw works but closely related).

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