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Title

Arcadia: landscape and bodies

1972-1977


Artist

Ewa Pachucka

Poland, Australia

17 Feb 1936 -


About

'Arcadia: landscape and bodies' was created over a five-year period and was first exhibited at Rudy Komon Gallery in Sydney in November 1977, with critic Elwyn Lynn describing it as 'a remarkable tour de force'. A sprawling environment of tiered ledges and arches, the scene is inhabited by a group of five female figures and their animal companions: a sow and a dog.

Each figurative element is crocheted entirely from lengths of sisal and polypropylene over an armature of aluminium. Facial features are clearly delineated, yet remain ambiguous and anonymous. Delicate hues of fleshy pink and the earthy tans of natural fibres create a serene ambiance. The women are relaxed in their bearing and unashamed in their nakedness; in harmony with nature. The peace and beauty Ewa Pachucka found in Australia is reinvented in this utopian landscape.


Details


Other Title

Arcadia: Landscape and figures


Date

1972-1977


Media categories

Sculpture , Installation


Materials used

crocheted polypropylene, sisal, jute and manila fibres, aluminium, hessian sheeting


Dimensions

5 female life-size figures; one life-size sow; one life-size dog; 15 landscape pieces; overall dimensions 330.0 x 440.0 x 440.0 cm :

a - sow; 62 x 105 x 66 cm

b - abstract landscape form; 52 x 130 x 103 cm

c - dog; 54 x 88 x 30 cm

d - abstract landscape form; 76 x 130 x 136 cm

e - abstract landscape form; 92 x 135 x 85 cm

f - abstract landscape form; 96 x 108 x 40 cm

g - abstract landscape form; 52 x 142 x 150 cm

h - female figure resting on left side; 37 x 153 x 67 cm

i - female figure lying on back; 25 x 155 x 69 cm

j - abstract landscape form; 35 x 80 x 85 cm

k - abstract landscape form; 70 x 187 x 65 cm

l - floor covering; 50 x 445 x 300 cm

m - abstract landscape form; 70 x 130 x 60 cm

n - floor covering; 285 x 55 cm

o - abstract landscape form; 44 x 70 x 43 cm

p - abstract landscape form; 50 x 70 x 67 cm

q - abstract landscape form; 113 x 136 x 35 cm

r - crocheted backcloth; 31 x 62 x 36 cm

s - abstract landscape form; 57 x 135 x 64 cm

t - female figure resting on elbows; 380 x 180 cm

u - hessian backcloth; 21 x 55 x 47 cm

v - abstract landscape form; 330 x 180 cm

w - hessian backcloth; 53 x 188 x 109 cm

x - abstract landscape form; 360 x 180 cm

y - hessian backcloth; 71 x 83 x 60 cm

z - seated female figure, elbow resting on knee; 71 x 44 x 70 cm

aa - kneeling female figure, elbow resting on knee; 433 x 360 cm

bb - hessian backcloth; 310 x 40 cm

cc - floor covering; 380 x 180 cm

dd - hessian backcloth; 340 x 180 cm

ee - hessian backcloth


Credit

Gift of Rudy Komon Art Gallery 1978


Location

Not on display


Accession number

36.1978.a-ee


Artist information

Ewa Pachucka

Artist profile

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 7 publications

Bibliography


Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1995, 24.

Robert Lindsay, Survey 5: Ewa Pachucka, Melbourne, 1978, (illus., detail). cat.no. 6; titled 'Landscape and bodies, 1977, Arcadia' and dated 1977

Elwyn Lynn, Quadrant, 'Crocheted women', pg. 60-63, Sydney, Jan 1978, 60, 61 (illus.), 63. NOTE: the arrangement of the work reproduced is different from the final version in the Art Gallery of New South Wales Collection

52 views of Rudy Komon, Sydney, 1999, 164.

Rudy Komon Art Gallery, Ewa Pachucka: Landscape and bodies, 77, Arcadia, Sydney, 1977, unpaginated. NOTE: the arrangement of the work reproduced is different from the final version in the Art Gallery of New South Wales Collection

Australian sculptors, 'Pachucka (Jaroszynska), Ewa', pg. 492-495, Melbourne, 1980, 494 (illus.). NOTE: the arrangement of the work reproduced is different from the final version in the Art Gallery of New South Wales Collection

Natalie Wilson, Look, 'Every fibre of her being', pg. 39-41, Sydney, Mar 2018-Apr 2018, 39, 40 (illus.), 41.