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30 Mar - 18 Jun


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12 Apr - 30 Jul

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04 May, 10.30am, MCA



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Young Art Lovers' Book List

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From the archives: Curious catalogue

Never judge a book by its cover? In this issue of our monthly archive series, MCA Archives and Records Management Coordinator, Stephanie, leafs through some unusual pages more

Girl On Film: Erin Coates

The National 2017: New Australian Art artist Erin Coates gets in the driving seat for our April film experience more

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Telling Tales: Kate Daw

Born 1965, Esperance, Western Australia
Lives and works Melbourne

Kate Daw has made text-based works on canvas since the early 1990s. Some explore the female voice in twentieth century literature, drawing on the writings of Katherine Mansfield and Zelda Fitzgerald. She types literary excerpts onto the canvas using a manual typewriter and sometimes juxtaposes them alongside text fragments drawn from mundane, everyday sources such as sales catalogues, inventories and recipe collections.

Recently, Daw has incorporated silk-screened wallpaper as a backdrop for her paintings in oil on canvas, which depict subjective themes including 1970s fabric patterning, perfume packaging and novel covers. Here, she has created new wallpaper featuring the image of a cherry blossom in soft evening shades of black and purple. A reverse, sketched pattern in white is presented on the opposite wall, made in collaboration with a young woman whom Daw has been mentoring. It forms a backdrop to Lee Mingwei’s work and invites conversations between artists and ideas.

<b>Kate Daw</b> <i>Grace (Sky, Tilmouth Wells, Cherry Blossom, Merricks)</i> 2016

Kate Daw Grace (Sky, Tilmouth Wells, Cherry Blossom, Merricks) 2016
Silkscreened ink on Indian Calico, repeat pattern installation for MCA, size variable