I. Bodies of Work

an invitation to dance

an invitation to dance, White Rose, 2021 pigment print, 112 x 84 cm print size, 117 X 89 cm framed

2021

Radical. Courtesan. Legend.

The life of Lola Montez transcends truth and slips into desiring myth. A radical and mercurial figure Montez exceeded prescribed parameters of femininity and ignored limits and existing conventions controlling women’s bodies. Montez toured Australian gold rush towns during the 1850s as a performer—and was notably the first woman ever photographed smoking.

Drawing upon Montez’s own use of photography to promote her self-image, Shelton has created a new series of works. An Instagram feed (@elizagilbertandlolamontez) created by the artist allows audiences to engage with archival material relating to Montez.

Commissioned by Photo Australia and the Metro Tunnel Creative Program for PHOTO 2021

On display from 18 February 2021

an invitation to dance, Yellow Rose, 2021 pigment print, 112 x 84 cm print size, 117 X 89 cm framed
an invitation to dance, Orange Rose, 2021 pigment print, 112 x 84 cm print size, 117 X 89 cm framed
an invitation to dance, Red Rose, 2021 pigment print, 112 x 84 cm print size, 117 X 89 cm framed
an invitation to dance, Pale Green Rose, 2021 pigment print, 112 x 84 cm print size, 117 X 89 cm framed
an invitation to dance, Dark Pink Rose, 2021 pigment print, 112 x 84 cm print size, 117 X 89 cm framed
an invitation to dance, Baby Pink Rose, 2021 pigment print, 112 x 84 cm print size, 117 X 89 cm framed
an invitation to dance, Pink and White Rose, 2021 pigment print, 112 x 84 cm print size, 117 X 89 cm framed