Oil on board
1110 x 640mm
Jacqueline Fahey is one of those artists encouraged by the women’s movement in its earliest years in Aotearoa to make unashamed use of her own domestic environment as a subject for painting. Her works are noteworthy for the skill with which they capture subtle moments of domestic psychological tension. She has described the home as the battlefield of the psyche.
In Last Summer, Fahey’s daughter Alex is seen in passive-resistant conflict with her father, Dr Fraser McDonald. The ironic use of everyday objects, including a placemat made from neckties, contrasts with the significant objects found in still lifes by artists such as Frances Hodgkins and Rita Angus. Fahey revels in what Liz Eastmond has called ‘the chaotic tidal wave of domestic clutter’.
Provenance: Purchased by the artist Doris Lusk in 1972 from a Christchurch Group Show. Following her death in 1992, it was auctioned at Webb’s and purchased for what was then the Fletcher Challenge Art Collection.
Jacqueline Fahey’s Suburbanites, New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, 1 August 2019 to 1 November 2019 (toured)
Jacqueline Fahey: Say Something!, curated by Felicity Milburn, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, 22 November 2017 to 11 March 2018
Jacqueline Fahey: Portrait in the Looking Glass: Paintings from 1957–1995, Fisher Gallery (now Te Tuhi), Tāmaki Makaurau, 26 April to 26 May 1996