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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia born 1950


commenced 1971 – 1980


This woman is not a car 1981 Place made: The Tin Sheds Art Workshop, University of Sydney, 162 City Road Darlington, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, posters, ink; paper screenprint, printed in colour inks, from seven stencils Support: white lithographic paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Edition State: published state
Impression: undesignated impression as issued
Edition: Two printings. This impression has text advertising the exhibition at Watters Gallery, Sydney; the other has no reference to the exhibition venue.

Dimensions: printed image 89.4 h x 56.0 w cm sheet 91.0 h x 58.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Roger Butler Fund 1994
Accession No: NGA 94.309
Subject: Women's movement Art exhibition poster Margaret Dodd
  • Purchased by the National Gallery of Australia, from Marie McMahon, Sydney, 1994.

Jan Mackay’s poster This woman is not a car was made to accompany Margaret Dodd’s exhibition at the Watters Gallery in Sydney in 1981. Drawn from photographs and film stills, Mackay’s colour screenprint was produced at the University of Sydney’s Art Workshop, known as the Tin Sheds. Her enthusiasm for Dodd’s work was triggered by an immediate engagement with her witty style of exploring feminist issues. Dodd and MacKay use the colour pink, associated with girlish passivity, to debunk female stereotypes and ‘natural’ sensitivities.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra