Exhibition showcasing the art of corsage and masking

Maya Tamang (aka Miss Martha) speaks on fashion, art therapy and disability in her exhibition at Abbotsford Convent.
A women dressed in 1940s fashion with rosy cheeks and a thoughtful gaze. She is wearing a purple velvet dress, with black feathered cuffs, holding a handbag shaped like a fan and a red beret. She sits on a worn green armchair and behind her are several paintings, including self portraits with a gold background.

Maya Tamang, who goes by the artist name Miss Martha, is currently exhibiting a series of paintings in The Art of Corsage and Masking at Abbotsford Convent. Her work sheds light on the intricacies of mental health and self-image, and delves into the broader themes of female portraiture and fashion.

Tamang is instantly recognisable in her style, influenced by the golden era of the 1940s coupled with her big personality. She is an artist with lived experience and a disability activist, and her paintings aim to empower others through their depiction of authenticity and honesty.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne.