- Artist/s name
- Sally SMART
- collage of synthetic polymer paint on canvas, felt, fabric and pins
- (a-r) 266.2 x 1595.2 cm (variable) (overall)
- Place/s of Execution
- Melbourne, Victoria
- Accession Number
- Credit Line
- National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through the NGV Foundation by the artist, Governor, 2003
© Sally Smart/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
- Gallery Location
- Not on display
Sally Smart was born and raised in rural South Australia and has used her own life as a source of inspiration for her work, which has also been significantly influenced by feminism. Her Femmage frieze 1998–2003 includes images and forms that refer to Australia’s pioneering history, which in contrast to many nineteenth-century images, focus on the life and work of women.
This work incorporates a 1970s concept of 'Femmage', a practice involving techniques of collage, assemblage, decoupage, photomontage, stitching, appliqué and quilting. It alludes to the creative art-forms that were often associated with women, but which have not been traditionally highly valued by art history.