Natalya Hughes, ‘The Interior’, work in progress, 2021. Courtesy of the artist, Sullivan+Strumpf, and Milani Gallery.

The Interior

Can we use the talking cure to solve society’s ‘problem’ with women? Natalya Hughes’s The Interior invites audiences into an exaggerated consultation room playfully furnished for psychoanalysis.

About the exhibition

The Interior is an immersive installation combining sculptural seating, richly patterned soft furnishings, and uncanny objet’de art, nestled around a hand painted mural to generate a stimulating space to unpack our collective and unconscious biases.

Interested in the role of women and their historical absence from positions of power, the part-professional part-domestic setting conjured by The Interior plays with gendered power dynamics between public and private space. The couches that dot the gallery take their lush contours from the shapes of the female body, and their detailed upholstery sees motifs of eyes, rats, and snakes from Freud’s patient case studies ripple over the space in fleshy tones.

Audiences are invited to recline and be enveloped, soothed, and held by the furniture’s womanly forms while taking turns playing analyst and patient. Throughout this bodily encounter The Interior hopes to create a space where the existence of women can be reimagined on different terms in the ‘post-Me Too’ world.


Artist

Natalya Hughes


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Tour dates

17 March 202329 April 2023
25 May 20238 July 2023
2 December 202318 February 2024
26 February 202429 February 2024
14 June 202428 July 2024

Acknowledgements

The Interior is a travelling exhibition organised by Institute of Modern Art (IMA), toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland.

The Interior has been assisted by the Australian Government though the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the Australia Council’s Contemporary Touring initiative; the Fini Artist Fellowship through the Sheila Foundation; Queensland College of Art, Griffith University; Creative Art Research Institute, Griffith University; and Porter’s Paints, New Farm. 

Natalya Hughes is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane, and Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney. 

The IMA is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, the Australian Government through Australia Council for the Arts, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian Federal, State, and Territory Governments. 


Enquiries

Andrea Higgins

Exhibition Program Officer,
Museums & Galleries Queensland

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