Inspired by the photography of Max Dupain, this work mixes iconic imagery with reality. While Australians are largely regarded as being, or idealised as athletic, outdoorsy and the image of good health we are rapidly becoming one of the fattest nations in the world.
The work neither attempts to condemn or glorify the obese body but rather inserts the body type into a long history of artworks representing the Australian body and life. Work to be viewed initially from behind as in Bondi 1939, Dupain.
Brigid Vidler was born in Sydney, Australia. She is currently living and working in Turin, Italy. She has exhibited her works nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions.
Jesmonite, acrylic pigment, bolts, wood
35 x 30 x 30 cm
Judges of the 2014 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Lisa Havilah (Director of Carriageworks), Justin Miller (International Art Advisor and former Chairman of Sotheby's Australia) and Gretel Packer (Arts Patron and Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW).
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