Boldly Feminine: Michelle Ussher’s Afterburner in pictures

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Michelle Ussher refers to the title of her exhibition Afterburner as “an attitude”. The Australian-born, London-based artist’s latest exhibition is inspired by the boldness and tenacity of the surrealist artist and writer Leonora Carrington. Traversing sculpture, painting and sound, Afterburner reveals Ussher’s quest to represent and challenge understandings of femininity—particularly the shapes, expressions and actions that are associated with feminine artistic expression.

Ussher’s interdisciplinary approach in examining representations of women in dominant Western mythologies confronts artistic hierarchies and encourages viewers to challenge, unravel and reinvent what ‘the feminine’ can mean. View, in pictures, Ussher’s vibrant and evocative works at STATION gallery (Sydney).

Afterburner
Michelle Ussher

STATION (Sydney)
18 June—23 July

Michelle Ussher, FemDance, 2022, oil on linen, 60 x 75 cm. Courtesy of the artist and STATION.
Michelle Ussher, Snozzle, 2022, oil on linen, 75 x 60. Courtesy of the artist and STATION.
Michelle Ussher, Nude, 2022, oil on linen, 40.5 x 51 cm. Courtesy of the artist and STATION.
Michelle Ussher, In & Around, 2022, oil on linen, 51 x 40.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist and STATION.
Michelle Ussher, Bum on the run, 2022, oil on linen, 75 x 60 cm. Courtesy of the artist and STATION.
Michelle Ussher, Slug Screamer, 2022, ceramic, 24 x 22 x 17 cm. Courtesy of the artist and STATION.
Michelle Ussher, Ancient Turd, 2022, ceramic, 12 x 14 x 10 cm. Courtesy of the artist and STATION.
Michelle Ussher, Crusty Tits, 2022, ceramic, 12 x 24 x 20 cm. Courtesy of the artist and STATION.
Michelle Ussher, Barnacle Bob, 2022, ceramic, 22 x 36 x 14 cm. Courtesy of the artist and STATION.
Michelle Ussher, Wedge, 2022, ceramic, 9 x 9 x 10 cm. Courtesy of the artist and STATION.

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