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2014/113/1 Artwork, 'Tiara', aluminium / tin, made by Fiona Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1990. Click to enlarge.

Artwork in the form of a tiara by Fiona Hall

Artist
Fiona Hall AO (b.1953) is one of Australia's leading contemporary artists whose career has spanned over 50 years. Hall made this unique tiara in 1990, for friend and subject of her photographic work, artist and academic, Paula Dawson. Hall works in a range of mediums, from photography in her earlier years to her iconic sardine can sculptures sprouting botanical specimens from the early 1990s. Her work is quintessentially Australian and also grapples with big political, social and environmental …

Summary

Object No.

2014/113/1

Object Statement

Artwork, 'Tiara', aluminium / tin, made by Fiona Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1990

Physical Description

Artwork, 'Tiara', aluminium / tin, made by Fiona Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1990

Marks

No marks

Dimensions

Height

170 mm

Width

170 mm

Production

Notes

Fiona Hall made this tiara from sardine cans carefully cut and manipulated into the form of the xanthorrhoea plant.

History

Notes

Fiona Hall AO (b.1953) made this tiara in 1990, for friend and subject of some of her late 1980s photographic works, artist and academic, Paula Dawson. Dawson had seen Hall's early sardine cans and '...announced that she wanted a tin tiara.'* This tiara was displayed in the exhibition, 'Baubles, Bangles & Beads: Australian Contemporary Jewellery', Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, 2006.** Dawson owned this tiara until 2014, when she donated it to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

*Stephanie Bunbury, 'From sardine tin to tiara', Sydney Morning Herald, 21st June, 1994, page 24
**Richard Perram, 'Baubles, Bangles & Beads: Australian Contemporary Jewellery', Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst, New South Wales, 2006

Source

Credit Line

Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Dr Paula Dawson, 2014

Acquisition Date

13 October 2014

Cite this Object

Harvard

Artwork in the form of a tiara by Fiona Hall 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 September 2021, <https://ma.as/467072>

Wikipedia

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