Challenging conventions and stereotypes of female desire and sexuality
The first solo exhibition in a public art museum of Australian artist Pat Larter, reveals a collaborative, provocative, humorous and ultimately joyful artistic practice spaning 30 years. Through her work, Pat challenged conventions of the male gaze and stereotypes of female desire and sexuality. From her homes at Luddenham and then Yass, in rural NSW, she became one of the major voices in the international, and fiercely anti-establishment, mail-art movement, coining the term ‘femail’ art.
In spite of her international reputation, Pat Larter was and still is most recognised as the muse of her partner and fellow artist Richard Larter, who painted her with a prolific and insatiable zeal. This exhibition celebrates Pat as an artist drawing from her extensive archive that includes film, photographs, video of performance, mail art, collage and printmaking.
Pat’s archive was gifted to the National Art Archive|Art Gallery of New South Wales by Richard Larter in 1999.