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Rosemary Laing and Fiona Hall:

Remembering Forwards

by George AlexandeR

FIONA HALL, Fucus Vesiculosus - Bladder Wrack, from the "Leaf litter" series, 2000–03, gouache on international currency, dimensions variable. All images courtesy the artist, Roskyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and National Gallery of Australia.

Two of Australia's leading mid-career artists, Fiona Hall (b. 1953) and Rosemary Laing (b. 1959), share a similar imaginative enterprise. Both artists are in full stride. Notwithstanding the seductive surface of their work, both are acutely attuned to the buried historical layers and the crippling misalliances to be found…

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