You See What She's Saying

You See What She’s Saying

Selections from the Monash University Library and Art Collection

CLOSED (2 March -  27 June 2022)

Spanning from the 1970s to the present, this exhibition focuses on women artists working with both artists’ books and visual art and draws from the Monash University Library Special Collections, Caulfield Library’s Artists’ Books collection and artworks from the Monash University Collection.

You See What She’s Saying acknowledges that gender equality within collection holdings of many institutions has not been prioritised in the past, resulting in the under-representation of women artists despite the libraries having a long history of collecting ‘non-traditional literature’ such as romance, ephemera, cook books and education material. Currently, 37.3% of artworks held in the Monash University Collection, and less than one fifth of the holdings of artists’ books held in Special Collections and the Artists’ Books collection were produced by women.

The Library and Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA, which manages the Monash University Collection, are committed to redressing this imbalance.

Artists include:
Hoda Afshar, Micky Allan, Ying Ang, Angela Cavalieri, Fiona Connor, Cherine Fahd, Bianca Hester, Jan Hogan, Therese Keogh, Inge King, Susan E. King, Jenna Lee, Rebecca Mayo, Elizabeth Newman, Mary Newsome, Rose Nolan, Katie Paterson, Emma Phillips, Patricia Piccinini, Kerrie Poliness, Clare Rae, Marilyn R. Rosenberg, Kathy Temin, Jude Walton, Judy Watson and Dai Zhen Chew.

Image: Rose Nolan, You See What I’m Saying (Twice Over Print Version) 2012, Monash University Collection, Melbourne.


Emma Neale, Collection Manager, and Francis E. Parker, Curator – Exhibitions, Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA.
with thanks to Anne Holloway, Special Collections Curator Monash University Library


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