Pat Brassington

Wicked (from In the Same Vein), 2005
pigment print
2 from an edition of 6
86 x 64 cm – image
115 x 87.5 cm - framed

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Provenance
Stills Gallery, Sydney
Acquired from the above by the present owner


Wicked is one of Brassington’s distinctive ‘pink images’, a colour long associated with femininity, but one that the artist wants to challenge as being meek or timid. The work is highly textural, the marble-like smoothness of the three right legs contrasted against the papery grain of the wallpaper and the woolly rug below. Also on show is the artist’s sense of humour, the playful aspect of her art that often gets overlooked in the heavy focus placed on her political messages. 

  • Wicked (from In the Same Vein)

Image courtesy of the artist and STILLS Gallery, Sydney


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Wicked is one of Brassington’s distinctive ‘pink images’, a colour long associated with femininity, but one that the artist wants to challenge as being meek or timid. The work is highly textural, the marble-like smoothness of the three right legs contrasted against the papery grain of the wallpaper and the woolly rug below. Also on show is the artist’s sense of humour, the playful aspect of her art that often gets overlooked in the heavy focus placed on her political messages.

In 2017-18, the Art Gallery of New South Wales staged ‘Pat Brassington: the body electric’, a show about Brassington’s interrogation and exalting of the body, the title aptly taken from the poetry of Walt Whitman. In 2013, Brassington was awarded the Monash Gallery of Art Bowness Photography Prize. A major survey of her work was held at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, in 2012, which toured in 2013 to the Australian Centre of Photography, Sydney, and to New Zealand in 2014 thereafter.

Brassington was included in ‘Parallel Collisions’, the 2012 Adelaide Biennale, and ‘On Reason and Emotion’, the 2004 Sydney Biennale. Her work has been included in major photographic surveys across Australia, including ‘Flatlands: Photography and Everyday Space’ in 2005 at the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney; and also in thematic shows celebrating the uncanny, the abject and the surreal, including ‘The Enigmatic Object: Photography and the Uncanny', Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, 1997, and 'The Aberrant Object: Women Dada and Surrealism', Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 1994.

Pat Brassington is represented by Arc One Gallery, Melbourne.