In celebration of the extraordinary artworks by women artists held in the UNSW Art Collection, the UNSW Art Unit has launched a new online exhibition with UNSW Library. UNSW’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Eileen Baldry says ‘Art provides a unique means of understanding each other’s perspectives and to consider alternative points of view. It can be a space to explore ideas safely, to communicate with others and to share the experiences which unite us. This stunning online exhibition ‘The view from here: Women artists in the UNSW Art Collection’ makes more widely accessible the work of twenty women artists and the remarkable stories behind them.’ Hayley Millar-Baker’s photographic practice examines the ongoing effects of colonisation through the lens of her family history and Gunditjmara heritage. The ‘Cook book’ series explores how traditional Indigenous cultural practices have merged with Western knowledge and twenty-first century tools. Millar-Baker notes that despite the onslaught of invasion and the immeasurable changes wrought upon Indigenous people, their cultural practices, memories, and way of life have continued to be shared and preserved for generations. Her work posits the rethinking of an inclusive history, one which celebrates and affirms the continuation and adaptation of Indigenous culture into the present day.
Image: Hayley Millar-Baker Untitled (When the mother leaves snatch the eggs) (part I and II) 2018 from the Cook book series 2017–19 inkjet on cotton rag UNSW Art Collection. Purchased 2019 © The artist