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Home Sweet Home: works from the Peter Fay collection
11 October – 18 January 2004

Dr Deborah Hart, Senior Curator of Australian Paintings and Sculpture at the National Gallery of Australia, interviewed Peter Fay about a selection of works from his collection represented in Home Sweet Home. Images of the works, along with audio excerpts from the interview and transcriptions are all available below.

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Essay by Dr Deborah Hart

A National Gallery of Australia Travelling Exhibition

Laurence ABERHART | Moreporks (Bird Skins Room no. 2) Taranaki St, Wellington, 3 October 1995 | 1995, printed 2000   The gaze of the birds is so intense and it�s so still; they�re so real; they�re there, and yet the grouping and the clustering is a museum thing. They really do put an edge on me...

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Laurence ABERHART
Moreporks (Bird Skins Room no. 2) Taranaki St, Wellington, 3 October 1995
1995, printed 2000
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Slim BARRIE | Lady driver | 2000   It�s made out of cardboard, and decorated in the most idiosyncratic way. It also doubles as a penholder. Slim�s a great one for making sure that we�ve always got a pen, because, as he says, you never know when you�ll want one...

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Slim BARRIE
Lady driver
2000
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Ken BOTTO | Deep shadows | 1983   Within the dynamic of the photograph, which of course stops things dead, the great sense of energy and ongoing drama continues. it combines all of our own senses of �shark�, especially with the Australian dynamic...

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Ken BOTTO
Deep shadows
1983
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Dallas BRAY | Hairy man | 1992   It�s got an ape-like look to it, and yet it�s obviously one of us. It�s quite an unnerving piece, because everything about it is so �bad�, and yet there�s a magic that comes through...

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Dallas BRAY
Hairy man
1992
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Bill CULBERT | Yellow still life | 1989   It is a theme that runs through this collection; it�s the way in which the found, the discarded; the refuse of life� the detritus� There are artists out there who can turn that so simply, at just a turn, into something that is so beautiful and is so poetic, and never attempting to disguise what those objects are...

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Bill CULBERT
Yellow still life
1989
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Leo CUSSEN | Xena | 2000   This square, the text, and the black object are vying for attention, vying for story telling. Whose story is it here that we are looking at? What is the relationship of the so-called �dimension of television�; of these fake characters, in our own lives?

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Leo CUSSEN
Xena
2000
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Rosalie GASCOIGNE | Down to the silver sea | 1981-82   I was very fortunate to meet Rosalie. I met Rosalie at a time when I had left teaching and was starting to make work myself, and had struggled with painting, which I was not happy with, and it wasn�t right for me...

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Rosalie GASCOIGNE
Down to the silver sea
1981-82
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Shaun GLADWELL | Storm sequence | 2000   Shaun rang me to say that the work was finished, and that it was a video. I thought �Oh, dear oh dear� My heart sank. But I thought �No, this is good. I�ve got to support this, and I�ve got to be interested�... and he showed me this most extraordinary video piece of his skateboarding...

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Shaun GLADWELL
Storm sequence
2000
Videography: Techa Noble
Soundtrack: Kazumichi Grime
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Fiona MacDONALD | Five paces | 1989   Fiona was a young artist, along with a lot of young artists who were showing in the Mori Gallery in Sydney. And this was a work for a show which was site specific, at Elizabeth Bay House, in Sydney...

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Fiona MacDONALD
Five paces
1989
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Robert MACPHERSON |   MacPherson�s work I have looked at for a long, long time. This particular work; I�ve never really looked upon it as being an image of a vase of flowers. To me this is very much a painting about painting. I mean, there�s the whole history of the Black Square. To me this is a painting about mark-making, and what it is that an artist does...

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Robert MACPHERSON
"Mayfair: Fresh Cut, 2 Frog Poems and a Rose for William Neaves"
1998
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Noel McKENNA | Lost, Heathcliff | 2001   Here is this dog� someone�s pet� lost. And what Noel has done here is to recreate in paint the dynamic of the poster, mainly that which has come into play since home computers and desktop publishing...

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Noel McKENNA
Lost, Heathcliff
2001
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Lisa REID | Self-portrait at three months | 2002   I�ve only really discovered her work within the last six months, but I�ve recognised in her an extraordinary talent� and her painting of herself at three months; the moment I saw that� I just think that is nothing short of a masterpiece...

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Lisa REID
Self-portrait at three months
2002
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Ava SEYMOUR | White wedding, Invercargill | 1997   She was attacked for denigrating welfare housing by suggesting that people of extraordinary sortof physical dimensions lived in these buildings. I had exactly the opposite response. When I saw this photograph it was my parents� wedding...

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Ava SEYMOUR
White wedding, Invercargill
1997
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Gina SINOZICH | Poppy field | 2002   There was this poppy piece; luminous, large, crying out amongst this host of landscapes, and personal dilemmas, and dioramas� and here was this piece that was just so lovingly beautiful. Yes, they were poppies, but they were something else...

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Gina SINOZICH
Poppy field
2002
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Val SUTHERLAND | Shell doll | 2000   Val is a New Zealand artist who lives in the sort of hinterland of the North Island, and almost through a rural isolation and very straightened circumstances which she lives, is somebody whose whole culture comes out of television...

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Val SUTHERLAND
Shell doll
2000
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Ricky SWALLOW | Clockman | 1998   it is, I think, a great testimony to the artist�s skill, to be able to be so playful, and yet at the same time there�s the sense of the imprisoned character behind this sort of �clock face�. It�s a lovely, little moment that has a very big metaphysical dynamic to it...

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Ricky SWALLOW
Clockman
1998
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Pat THOMPSON | Pink | 1972   When I faced the bushfires in 1994, with a policeman knocking on the door saying I had ten minutes to get out of the house, I took three objects with me and Pink was the first thing into the car..

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Pat THOMPSON
Pink
1972
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Ken WHISSON | Dark sail | 1967   He�s got an extraordinary mind for detail; he remembers at seventeen being in Nolan�s studio when Nolan was painting his really great works, so there are lots of sort of references back into other objects and other paintings in the collection through Ken, and he�s a great repository that way, but I just think this painting is an absolute �key�...

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Ken WHISSON
Dark sail
1967
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