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Women through the looking glass

Women through the looking glass

Wednesday, 27 February 2013


Australian artist Brooke Zeligman has used more than 80 handmade glass and mixed media objects to explore the roles of women in modern society in her newest exhibition, opening on International Women’s Day.

Entitled Material Murmurings, it explores themes such as family, child bearing, matriarchy and loss of tradition and looks at issues that impact contemporary women.

It is the culmination of five years work and is the final exhibition in Ms Zeligman’s PhD thesis.

Inspired by strong female artists such as Mona Hatoum and Louise Borgeouis, the pieces range from small and intimate installations to large pieces more than two metres wide.

They combine traditional glasswork with stainless steel, polymer coated MDF, found objects and LED lighting.

Ms Zeligman said the exhibition was the chance to make a statement about the role of women in today’s world.

“My work explores the lived body and experience and as a result engages in a multiplicity of issues that impact on women, examined through an academic feminist lense” Ms Zeligman said.

“I find inspiration for my work in the everyday, the lived life. My work is very much based in personal experience and the narratives within the works are intimate stories based on family.”

Material Murmurings will be opened on Friday, 8 March 2013 at 5.00pm by ECU academic Dr Nien Schwartz to coincide with International Women’s Day. It will run from Monday, 10 March to Friday, 22 March at Spectrum Project Space, based at ECU’s Mount Lawley Campus.  

For further information view the Media Release.


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