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Lois DENSHAM, Life’s Full Circle, 1983
Held by Ararat Gallery TAMA (Textile Art Museum Australia) on long-term loan from the Victorian State Craft Collection
Photo: MDP Photography & Video

Collected, Saved and Combined 

Highlights from the TAMA Collection


Free Entry


Monday 20th July 2020 - Sunday 7th February 2021


10.00am - 4.00pm


Ararat Gallery TAMA



Collected, Saved and Combined brings together pieces from the TAMA Collection that utilise repurposed items to explore contemporary Australian life. Spanning the 1980s through to today, this includes artworks by Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Sarah Crowest, Lois Densham, Richard Goodwin, Paull McKee, Raquel Ormella and John Parkes.

The act of collecting, saving and combining everyday materials to create new forms, both aesthetic and functional, is often referred to as femmage; a term coined by Miriam Shapiro and Melissa Meyer in 1977. Women have transmitted covert messages in this fashion for hundreds of years. Likewise, the artworks in this exhibition contain critical information the artists wish to share. They use everything from bed springs and clothing to children’s toys, to communicate themes of physical, cultural, emotional and environmental survival.

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