Sunday, May 24, 2009

Queen and Country

Exhibition, 2nd-14th July

Opening night drinks 6pm July 2nd 2009.

Gaffa Gallery, 1/7 Randle St Surry Hills NSW 2010

tel: 02 9281 1103 ~ Gallery Hours: mon-fri 12-6, sat 11-6


Republic vs Monarchy?
Blokes in frocks?

A 70's rock band?
Drama in the palace?

So much inspiration. Where to begin?

Gather 7 artists from a wide variety of practice areas. Ply them with tea and cucumber sandwiches and see what happens. The result- a royal gala, a trooping of the colours, a military tattoo, an exhibition to rival any coronation.

Kate Churchward, Kath Fries, Jessica Geron, Lexi Harper, Tanya Ljubic, Ally McKellar, Megan Yeo.

Megan Yeo & Tanya Ljubic

Megan Yeo

Release The Ravens

Miss Northern Ireland

Miss Nigeria

Miss New Zealand

Miss India

Miss Canada

Miss Australia

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Tanya Ljubic

This Is Not the Magna Carta

The toilet roll, the monarchy and Barbie -three cultural artefacts that are just screaming to be brought together. When combined to create the toilet roll holder the whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts.


First sold in 1959 Barbie has given little girls countless hours of gender stereotyping and distorted ideas of body image. Bless her and her barrel chested boobies.

The Monarchy

Royalty fulfils many critical social functions. The monarchies of Europe have provided invaluable information on the effects of inbreeding. Many royal marriages have been between first and second cousins. It is now clear that inbreeding in humans as in all animals leads to a reduction in physical health and fertility and in an increased risk of stupidity.

In modern times royal houses have made a conscious effort to select new breeding stock. Notable examples are Princess Diana, Sarah Ferguson and most recently Princess Mary of Denmark and Sophie Countess of Wessex. It is a well known fact that charity only exists in the 44 countries of the world with a monarchy. In addition, it is only in these countries that ribbons can be cut and children and senior citizens visited in hospital.

The Monarchy, in particular queens, play a critical roll in the wearing of fancy frocks and priceless jewellery. Again new breeding stock has increased the prevalence of fancy frock wearing.

Toilet Paper

Toilet paper dates back to the 6th Century AD in China. Introduced in the USA in 1857, commercial grade toilet paper has developed over the years into the toilet roll we know and love today. It can vary in ply, size, pattern and scent.

The history of the toilet roll holder is as compelling as toilet paper itself. The crocheted doll toilet roll holder was once the mainstay of CWA and Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary fund raising stalls. It reached the zenith of style and design with the introduction of polyester crochet ribbon and cheap knock off 12 inch dolls. Their popularity has waned over the years however it is predicted that the bathroom renovation sector will experience a resurgence in the use of the doll toilet roll holder with the marrying of such important cultural icons as toilet paper, Barbie and the monarchy.

Ann Boleyn Queen consort of England
25 January 1533 – 17 May 1536

Elizabeth I Queen of England and Ireland
17 November 1558 – 24 March 1603

Marie Antoinette Queen consort of France and Navarre
10 May 1774 - 21 September 1792

Victoria Queen of the United Kingdom,
Empress of India and the British Raj
20 June 1837 – 22 January 1901

Alexandra Feodorovna Empress consort of All the Russias
1 November 1894 - 15 March 1917

Elizabeth II Queen of United Kingdom, Canada,
Australia and Commonwealth realms.
6 February 1952 – present

Ally McKellar