Mark THOMPSON, Buy Australian Maid Enlarge 1 /1


Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia born 1949

Buy Australian Maid 1977 Place made: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: ceramics, porcelain, sterling silver, braid, velvet porcelain, glazed and lustred

Dimensions: 64.0 h x 26.0 w x 31.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Crafts Board Collection donated by the Australia Council 1982
Accession No: NGA 82.550
Subject: Collection: The Crafts Board of Australia Council collection of Australian and International decorative and design arts, acquired 1982.
Image rights: © Mark Thompson

This work satirises commercial religious statuary, adding the symbols of the ‘religions’ of sport and leisure to the standard European Madonna figure that was displayed in hundreds of churches across the country. By suggesting that such potent imagery can be made Australian with the addition of local motifs, Thompson comments on the way that cultural iconography enters Australia and is absorbed into the mainstream.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra