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Title

Venus envy (redux)

2019

Artist

Deborah Kelly

Australia

1962 –

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  • Details

    Date
    2019
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    pigment print on die-cut aluminium, lacquer
    Edition
    AP from edition of 1 + AP
    Dimensions
    39.0 x 125.0 x 1.0 cm overall approx.
    Credit
    Gift of Deborah Kelly 2020. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    97.2020.a-b
    Copyright
    © Deborah Kelly
    Artist information
    Deborah Kelly

    Works in the collection

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    In Deborah Kelly’s collage works, found images are entangled in cacophonous compositions that re-write the archive. Often oriented as a feminist critique of entrenched patriarchal perspectives, Kelly uses found images to tackle and subvert the way women have been imaged historically.

    Kelly’s Venus envy (redux) re-images an iconic female figure. Collating different prints of the Rococo painter François Boucher’s Jeune Fille allongée, also known as L’Odalisque Blond, taken from seven now obsolete encyclopedias, all with variations in tone and print quality, Kelly presents a compound portrait of the same subject. That subject, thought to be Marie-Louise O’Murphy, was one of King Louis XV of France’s Petite maîtresse (little mistress) when she was barely a child. In Kelly’s re-imagining, as the artist herself asserts, ‘she is devoted instead to the ardent pursuit of her own pleasure and curiosity.’ Printed on metal with the luminosity of the drapery that swallows her amplified by a layer of lacquer, she possesses and projects what Kelly calls an ‘enduring, even steely, resolve.’

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