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Of Dingoes & Witch-Hunts

31 October, 2023 - 11 November, 2023

31 October – 11 November 2023

hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 12pm – 7pm
Saturdays: 12pm – 4pm

admission: Free

..powerful metaphors of suppression, persecution and an evolving struggle that speaks to our history, our culture and values…

Have we ever questioned a man’s right to power because of the generous dimensions of his arse?

Is a man ever asked why he does not have children?

When a dingo took her child, why was Lindy Chamberlain accused of witchcraft? And when Julia Gillard unseated a sitting Prime Minister, why was her act portrayed as treachery rather than ambition?

Some questions are not really questions. They are part of a patriarchal enforcement system, reinstating a hierarchy that is entrenched in conceptions of motherhood, in limited gender roles, in traditional marriage and in the right to participate in the shaping of society.

“Of Dingoes and Witch-Hunts” is inspired by familiar stories of Australian women and their journey to equality; powerful metaphors of suppression, persecution and an evolving struggle that speaks to our history, our culture and values.

In a series of figurative paintings depicting themes of persecution, exile and misogyny, the artist draws on historical references to witch-hunting – as well as contemporary Australian stories – to illuminate the persistence of the witch-hunt in its modern-day incarnation.

-Sharon Monagle, Artist Statement

SHARON MONAGLE // Artist CV

“Through art I hope to explore, understand and empathise with the human experience: our reactions to self, to others and to the world around us”.

EXHIBITIONS AND PRIZES

2023
Group Exhibition, Unframed Art, Mornington

2022
Group Exhibition, Somers Art Fair, Somers Vic
Peninsula Studio Trail Group Exhibition, The Studio, Mornington Vic
Finalist Southern Buoy Studios Portrait Prize Mornington Vic
Summer Series Group Exhibition 26 Advantage, Highett Vic

2021
Finalist Bluethumb Art Prize
Finalist Southern Buoy Studios Portrait Prize
Celebration of Life, E + Hive, Collingwood Vic
Winter’s Light, Group exhibition, 26Advantage, Highett Vic
2020 Shelter in Place, Solo exhibition G3Artspace Parkdale Vic
Les Femmes, Group exhibition, THE SPACE Gallery, Rosebery NSW

2020
Finalist Space2be Heads High Portrait prize
Finalist, Southern Buoy Studios Landscape Prize
Group exhibition, The Portsea Gallery, Portsea Vic
Heads High Portrait show, Space2b Gallery, St Kilda Vic
Linden Postcard show, Linden New Art Gallery, St Kilda Vic
“International Women’s Day Group Exhibition”, WHO Gallery Malvern Vic
“Balancing Act”, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne Vic

2019
Finalist, Southern Buoy Studios Portrait Prize
Selected to interview with Artbank Roadshow, Canberra ACT
“Bayside Studio of Art Group Exhibition,” Mulbury Gallery Highett Vic
“Bodies: Paint, poetry and form”, Mulbury Gallery Highett Vic
“Women, Working and Wandering,” Group Exhibition, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne Vic
Solo exhibition “Falling Women,” Mulbury Gallery Highett Vic

2018
Semi-finalist, Cambridge Studio Gallery “Who’s looking at you” Portrait prize
Semi-finalist, Cambridge Studio Gallery “Life Abstracted” Abstract art prize
Denis Diderot Artist-in-Residence Grant, Chateau d’Orquevaux, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Featured Artist, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood Vic
“Women, Science and Faith”, Group Exhibition, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne Vic
“Diversity,” Group exhibition Hall and Wilcox, Melbourne Vic
Sandy Beach Community Art Exhibition, Sandringham Vic
Group exhibition Le Studio Artspace, Mordialloc Vic

2017
Semi-finalist, Cambridge Studio Gallery “Who’s looking at you” Portrait prize
Semi-finalist, Cambridge Studio Gallery “Life Abstracted” Abstract art prize
Semi-finalist, Georges River Art Prize
Finalist and Special Merit Award, Light Space and Time “Women Only” exhibition
“Nausea in my arm”, Solo exhibition, G3 Art space Parkdale Vic
Group Exhibition Le Studio Artspace, Mordialloc Vic
“Life Abstracted” abstract art exhibition, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood Vic
Group exhibition, AK Bellinger Gallery, Inverell NSW
“At Home”, Group Exhibition Birds Gallery, Kew Vic
“Landscapes Reflected and Represented,” Group exhibition, Brunswick St Gallery, Brunswick Vic
“Meanderings in Visual Language”: Group Exhibition, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne Vic
Contemporary Art Society A4 Art Australia Exhibition, Herring Island Vic
MESAC Easel art exhibition Beaumaris Vic 

2016
Runner up: James and Nicky Humphrey Encouragement award  (Highly Commended) Beaumaris Art Group
“Who’s looking at you?” Portrait exhibition, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood Vic
Linden Gallery Postcard show St Kilda Vic
Beaumaris Art Group members exhibition, Beaumaris Vic
The Belle Arti Art Prize, Richmond Vic
Group exhibition Le Studio Artspace, Mordialloc Vic

WEBSITE: sharonmonagleart.com
Instagram: sharonmonagleart

Poetry Reading

Saturday 11th November
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Large Gallery

Join us as Melbourne poets Rose Lucas, Anne Elvey, and Angela Costi share work created in response to the exhibition.

Free Entry
All Welcome
No Pre-Booking Required
Beverages Provided

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Start:
31 October, 2023
End:
11 November, 2023
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Venue

fortyfivedownstairs gallery
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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03 9662 9966
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fortyfivedownstairs
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03 9662 9966
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Sharon Monagle
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