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My country



David McDiarmid


05 Sep 1952 – 25 May 1995

  • Details

    Media category
    Mixed media
    Materials used
    colour litho offset postcard on lino on wood with faux aluminium strip
    66.1 x 81.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of Sally Gray 2021. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © David McDiarmid/Copyright Agency

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    David McDiarmid

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  • About

    In 1977, David McDiarmid held a solo exhibition at Sydney's Hogarth Galleries titled Australian Dream Lounge, which celebrated the camp retro style of suburban Australian interiors. McDiarmid created an immersive 'lounge room' environment for the show, replete with customised found furniture. The walls featured artworks made from vinyl, plastic, lino and fake fur, including 'My country': a map of Australia incorporating a postcard of Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach. Originally installed alongside other objects such as a flying duck, a turtle and a guitar, 'My country' nods to tourist art, celebrating the kitsch reality that underscores the utopian dream of suburban living. McDiarmid later explained: "I’m interested in popular culture…I use loud, cheap and vulgar plastics to make ‘pretty’ pictures – pieces of wall decoration. Good taste can be a prison" [1].

    1. McDiarmid quoted in The Autralian Experience: Elements of Change, Crafts Council of Australia, Sydney, 1982; cited by Sally Gray in When This You See Remember Me, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2014, p12.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

Other works by David McDiarmid

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