Sadie Chandler, Vanity Set, 1993. Oil on board, acrylic, human hair, nails, 62 x 43 x 7cm.
Kate: “I have certainly inherited Dad’s love for the weird and strange works of art out there, and I’m glad this has included Sadie Chandler’s work. He bought a painting from Sadie’s graduation exhibition in the early 1990s – a seriously kinky and utterly fantastic large black painting covered in hundreds of tiny red high heel boots – and she’s been exhibiting with the gallery ever since. Vanity Set comes from a slightly later period, when the artist intensified her exploring of surrealism, feminism, fetish and the uncanny.”
“Here, human hair – that typical object of feminine fetish – confronts us instead of our own (appalled or intrigued) reflection in the mirror shaped construction on the left, while we imagine the blood flowing from the scalp of the woman using the hair-brush made of nails hanging on the right – reminding us there’s pleasure in pain, and vice versa. Sadie’s works are included in the forthcoming exhibition miffy & friends at QUT Art Museum.”