Margaret Dodd, Bridal Holden (1977), ceramic sculpture, 24 x 42 x 20 cm. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Clay Glen

This Woman is Not a Car (2017), reproduction of 1981 poster by Jan Mackay.

Margaret Dodd, Hoon Holden (1977), ceramic sculpture, 18.5 x 42 x 18.5 cm. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Clay Glen.

Margaret Dodd, Wedding Cake Holden (1977), ceramic sculpture, 24 x 52 x 42 cm. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Clay Glen.

8-30 September

Margaret Dodd (SA)


Thursday 7 September, 5.30pm, Free

Artist talk:

Saturday 9 September, 1.30-3.30pm
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Screening and discussion:

Sunday 24 September, 2pm-3.3opm
Radford Auditorium, Art Gallery of South Australia
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ACE Open is delighted to present This Woman is Not a Car: Margaret Dodd, featuring the internationally acclaimed series of ceramic Holden cars from 1977 by local artist Margaret Dodd, together with her 1982 film of the same name. This is the first time the ceramics and film have been shown together in Adelaide since 1993.

The exhibition, curated by Susan Charlton, comes fresh from its Sydney launch, which coincided with the screening of This Woman is Not a Car at Sydney Film Festival as part of the Feminism & Film program by Australian women filmmakers from the 1970s and 80s.

Dodd’s audacious film and ‘Funk Ceramic’ Holdens explore the feminine and the maternal; fantasy, humour and the erotic: masculinity, fetishism and violence. Once seen, the works cannot be forgotten, leaving an imprint in the brain where indelible memory resides.

This Woman is Not a Car: Margaret Dodd also includes pieces from her more recent series, Chosen Vessel (2008) and Holden Hypotheses (2014), as well as prints, props and archival material from the film shoot in Adelaide in the seventies.

Renowned Australian artist Margaret Dodd graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1968, where she was part of the early ‘Funk Ceramics’ movement. Back in Australia in the 1970s she began making her ceramic Holden series and short film titled This Woman is Not a Car in response to the bleak suburban life for women she had found living in Holden Hill in Adelaide. The Experimental Art Foundation, Media Resource Centre and Women’s Art Movement of 1970s Adelaide were all influential in supporting her art practice. Margaret Dodd has continued to explore the symbol of the Holden car in the series The Chosen Vessel (2008) and Holden Hypotheses (2014) to look at national identity; masculinity and the feminine; and the politics of the survival of the planet. Her work is held in major collections around Australia, the USA and Canada.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.