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Mikala Dwyer: A shape of thought

Wayne Tunnicliffe Helen Hughes

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Art Gallery of NSW
01 January 2018
Art & Architecture; Individual artists, art monographs
Described as one of Australia’s most inventive artists, Mikala Dwyer creates objects and installations that are both playful and provocative, re‐imagining familiar materials and what they say to us about the world in which we live. Mikala Dwyer: a shape of thought looks at Dwyer’s work over the past three decades documenting the evolution of her practice and her influences.

Dwyer’s highly engaging sculptures explore ideas about shelter, childhood play, modernist design and the relationship between people and objects.

Often beguiling in their colour and profusion, her works incorporate raw materials and found objects in inventive and unexpected ways that transform their architectural settings.

Her work is characterised by a playful and excessive accumulation of elements – she has created installations out of fabric, play dough, stockings, felt, vinyl, plastic, organza and nail varnish. Her choice of materials has been identified as feminine and by extension as a subtle feminist critique of recent art history. However her teasing references to modernist abstraction, the more organic forms of minimalism and to pop art (such as the saggy Kenneth Noland‐like target forms and Oldenburg‐esque baggy vinyl shapes in ‘Hanging eyes’) are an acknowledgment of antecedents rather than necessarily having a critical agenda.
By:   Helen Hughes
Edited by:   Wayne Tunnicliffe
Imprint:   Art Gallery of NSW
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 270mm,  Width: 210mm, 
Weight:   700g
ISBN:   9781741741377
ISBN 10:   1741741378
Publication Date:   01 January 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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