"In the Arms of Unconsciousness: Women, Feminism and the Surreal | Jelena Telecki
Jelena Telecki’s uncanny and ambiguous images often look at historical and present-day representations of power and power dynamics. Her works trace this interest and stem from her consideration of how women were and are represented in the media, and how these representations inform our self-awareness and the way we negotiate our daily lives and relationships.
“'Attached' is a work that is a delayed response to Terry Woronov’s anthropology lecture on love, money and marriage.
'Rude' is a response to being pressured on behalf of my Serbian family to dye my hair and hide greys. In my country, women who leave their grey hair visible are often perceived as having bad manners and being rude for allowing everyone to see their aging process. There is an expectation from women to be disciplined and well presented – and this excludes having grey hair.
'Suit' (which was commissioned for this exhibition) is a painting based on the images of the 80s women power suits and the use of garments in the working environment as a means of signalling domination and power.”
See these works, along with works by 21 other leading female Australian artists in “In the Arms of Unconsciousness: Women, Feminism and the Surreal” until Sunday 3 September.
Open daily 10am-4pm, free admission.
Image: Jelena Telecki, Attached, 2021, oil on linen; Suit, 2023, oil on polycotton; Rude, 2021, oil on linen (installation view). Photograph by Silversalt Photography.