Collection Online
collage of synthetic polymer paint on canvas, felt, fabric and pins
(a-r) 266.2 × 1595.2 cm (variable) (overall)
Place/s of Execution
Melbourne, Victoria
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through the NGV Foundation by the artist, Governor, 2003
© Sally Smart/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
About the work

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.