A beloved and central figure in the cultural life of Australia, Mirka Mora long captured the public imagination with her distinctive art and inimitable personality.
Commemorating her extraordinary life and career, this exhibition brings together some of the artist’s most personal work: drawings and soft-sculpture dolls from her home and studio where she kept them close for many decades. For Mirka these two art forms went hand-in-hand. ‘My dolls are my drawings in three-dimensions’, she said.
The myriad works on display offer a glimpse into Mirka’s enchanting private universe, where hybrid characters derived from fairy tales, folk art, surrealism and the artist’s vivid daydreams intermingled. Together they create a compelling portrait of Mirka’s innermost self.
(sketchbook page), 1985, fibre-tipped pen and gouache on paper, Courtesy William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, © Estate of Mirka Mora.