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Title

Untitled

1985


Artist

Madonna Staunton

Australia

1938 -


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.


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


Artist information

Madonna Staunton

Works in the collection

7


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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).