Banned Books in Australia A Special Collections-Art in the Library Exhibition

Kate Hughes

The Lady’s Garden

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Through the dichotomy of the decorative and sublime responses to the landscape notions of constructed femininity as a means of control and censorship are investigated in these books. D.H. Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterley's Lover has been used to set the framework of the garden to uncover how certain views (vistas) are deemed unsafe and must be categorised and controlled for consumption with true nature suppressed deep below. Informed by a history of female amateur artists and the controls exerted on them, this work plays with form and style to draw together histories of art, censorship and female repression.

Silk, linen and cotton embroidery with etchings on paper.

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