One of the best – and certainly the most provocative – of my 2008 Dangerous Career Babes series, The Terrorist, a 160cm x 210cm enamel painting on custom-built timber board, is to be auctioned on 16th December by Menzies Art Brands, in Sydney. A smaller, 100cm x 150cm enamel on board work, Buck, one of the first Cowboy Babes, painted in 2001, is in the same sale. Another 100cm x 150cm painting from 2001, Career Babe: The Firefighter, was also to have been offered but this will now be auctioned by Menzies Art Brands in March, 2010.
The last time a Dangerous Career Babe turned up in the secondary market was at Christie's sale of Modern And Contemporary Australian And South African Art in London, in December, last year. The Aviatrix sold for $A32,701, exceeding the low-end of Christie's pre-sale estimate and setting a new record for my work at auction. It's unlikely that the conservative Australian market will match this price, especially in an unsettled economic climate. I understand that Menzies has been very conservative in its estimate. However, The Terrorist is an excellent and widely recognised example not only of my recent enamel work but also my increasingly provocative intellectual engagement with the role media plays in defining (and undermining) modern female identities. I'm very proud of it.Both paintings can be viewed at Menzies Art Brands' Melbourne gallery, 1 Darling St., South Yarra, Tel: 03 9832 8700, from 3rd to 6th December, 11am to 6pm, and at their Sydney gallery, 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington, Tel: 02 8344 5404, from 10th to 15th December, 11am to 6pm.