– Serena Bentley –

By Autumn 2012

‘A Different Temporality: Aspects of Australian Feminist Art Practice 1975–1985’ (2011) exhibition review

Hovering on canvas in a state of permanent consternation, the floating head of Jenny Watson’s 1981 painting Mu–me was the first thing you encountered on entering ‘A Different Temporality: Aspects of Feminist Art Practice 1975–1985’. In a few cursory strokes, Watson had created a symbol of the everywoman, the ultimate figure of authority. And she stuck out like a sore thumb. – Serena Bentley

Jenny Watson, Mu–me, 1981; Micky Allan, My trip, 1976; installation view, ‘A Different Temporality’ (2011), Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA, Melbourne; photograph Christian Capurro