Australian Art

TANYA THOMPSON

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19-Apr-2005 - 30-Apr-2005

VENUE: Vanguard Gallery
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"Dear Society": Recent Nudes in oil on canvas and writing by Tanya Thompson. The surface quality of her work on canvas is luscious and rich. The message contained is a socially critical commentary on feminine identity within the context of contemporary so
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Artist Statement:
Young women’s bodies have been appropriated by many, many to whom they do not belong. This is my personal journey undertaken to explore the realm of self, and the way that the self is constructed, manipulated and distorted by the collective ideals of society. The congruent threads that run through the series is the body as metaphor for distortion, for self evaluation, and the problem of maintaining stability in a world where the pressures of fashion, form and figure exist. As the title of the exhibition suggests, it is an exploration about the collective pressures of society in opposition to the individual, of how personal freedoms are relative to the constraints of the environment, which we have created for ourselves. The naked feminine form is ascribed to the pornographic and the obscene in many of our modern contexts, as a shape to be evaluated as fat, skinny, misshapen or “perfect”. The standards to which we hold the body, the vessel of mind and spirit, are often projected upon us from external sources, not within, and it is you dear society, who is accountable.

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