Ronnie van Hout, Doom and gloom 2009 (detail). Painted plastic, clothing, painted fibreglass on polystyrene, modelling clay, synthetic hair. Monash University collection. Purchased 2009

Self-Conscious: Contemporary Portraiture

Wed 18 May - Thu 23 Jun 2011

Portraiture allows us to dwell on one of the most fascinating subjects - ourselves.

The act of self reflection and the study of others through portraiture can variously be fraught, humorous or enlightening. Featuring a wide range of works drawn from the Monash University Collection, this exhibition  explored the many ways in which artists approach contemporary portraiture and represent different modes of identity and philosophical address. Artists included Fiona McMonagle, David Rosetzsky, Ronnie van Hout, Mike Parr, Linda Marrinon, Matthew Griffin, Simryn Gill, James Lynch, Eliza Hutchison and Mutlu Çerkez.

Presented by Monash University Museum of Art I MUMA
Curated by Kirrily Hammond

Image: Ronnie van Hout, Doom and gloom 2009 (detail). Painted plastic, clothing, painted fibreglass on polystyrene, modelling clay, synthetic hair. Monash University collection. Purchased 2009