TWEEDIE, Merylyn;

scrubbers or I will need a word processor or thank you Marie

Photocopies, epoxy resin and fibreglass cloth on wallpaper
890 x 2120mm

scrubbers is part of the under McCahon series by Merylyn Tweedie, which was included in the exhibition after McCahon, curated by Christina Barton, at the Auckland City Art Gallery (later Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki). The works were mainly concerned with feminist theory. The artist used its language as the material for her work, incorporating her own handwriting and bits of plastic tablecloth and linoleum (the kitchen floor). To these, she added texts and images from books and magazines, in this case from Home and Building (house plans and elevations), and diagrams from pseudo-medical texts in which women were subjected to bizarre medical treatments. The resulting collage is a bitter but still humorous statement about the domestic lot of the woman at home, the ‘scrubber’, whose work as cleaner and cook is invariably a kind of solitary confinement.

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Exhibition History

after McCahon: some configurations in recent art, curated by Christina Barton, Auckland City Art Gallery (later Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki), 26 May to 9 July 1989


Trish Clark and Wystan Curnow (eds), Pleasures and Dangers: Artists of the ’90s (Tāmaki Makaurau: Moët & Chandon New Zealand Art Foundation and Longman Paul, 1991), 153. (Here dated 1988.)


Fletcher Trust Collection, purchased October 1993