Julie Montgarrett and Sarah McEwan

Cementa Artwork at

The Daily Diminish

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Every day, comments are made to women which shape their identity, behaviours, social groups and self worth. Most of these are said with such frequency that we hardly acknowledge them. The phrases run the gamut, addressing behaviour and appearance along with directing our aspirations and goals. Some remind us of the womanly condition we are subjected to (“are you on your period?” ) or label us as weak (“Are you sure you can carry that?”), incapable (“little girl”) objects (“Be a doll and….”) who should aspire to be conservatively poised (“that’s not ladylike”), attractive (“could you put some make-up on?”) homemakers (“When are you going to get married and have kids?”).

This work is part of the Cementa Initiative, ‘Correspondence of Imaginary Places’

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1. Julie Montgarrett and Sarah McEwan, The Daily Diminish (detail), in future/public, at Artlands, New York City, 2017. photo Lauren Smith
1. Julie Montgarrett and Sarah McEwan, The Daily Diminish (detail), in future/public, at Artlands, New York City, 2017. photo Lauren Smith
Julie Montgarrett and Sarah McEwan's bio:

Julie Montgarrett is an artist, curator and lecturer in Creative Arts and Design at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. She has exhibited in over 70 solo and group exhibitions, public art commissions, site-specific installations, costume designs and productions and community-based arts projects in Australia and internationally since 1977. Sarah McEwan is an artist, musician and an artist–curator based in Sandigo, NSW. Her practice is underpinned by the philosophies of feminism, art for social change and diversity in the arts. McEwan creates solo work, as well as collaborating with artists, community members and young people in gallery spaces or site-specific locations to make new work. She is the Creative Producer of the Cad Factory.

Julie Montgarrett and Sarah McEwan collaborate as artists or artist–curators to highlight the commonplace issues around gender and lived experience. With nuanced consideration, they challenge the multiple ways Western philosophy and history have shaped our collective consciousness to place hierarchies and binaries on people, places and objects.

2. Julie Montgarrett and Sarah McEwan, The Daily Diminish (detail), in future/public, at Artlands, New York City, 2017. photo Lauren Smith
2. Julie Montgarrett and Sarah McEwan, The Daily Diminish (detail), in future/public, at Artlands, New York City, 2017. photo Lauren Smith