Author Archives: Natalie Thomas

January 24

Sex and the media

I’ve been thinking about what we see, watch, read and hear, in terms of gender. How all the white male privilege they’ve had us hardwired into since birth, has fucked with our brains. How the entertainment industry rewards men more than anyone else and most men aren’t even that entertaining. They hog the mic, passing […]

December 05

Winners are Grinners: The 10th EMSLA Award; Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery

It’s a tough gig being a distinguished judge, but hey! Someone’s gotta do it. Michael Fitzgerald, editor of Art Monthly Australasia, Julie Fragar, celebrated, award winning painter and I judged the $20,000 EMSLA Award in Coffs Harbour the other week. We came together on the land of the Gumbaynggir and pay our respects to the […]

November 02

NGV#cockfest: Dummies and Dollies, Viktor & Rolf

‘Does the NGV have a problem with women?’ The Guardian recently asked its vast readership. More shocking than seeing the question in print, was that we already know the answer. The NGV has a problem with women. It’s a big problem too because the NGV continue to deny that there is a problem. The NGV’s […]

October 04

Vale Alex Rizkalla

Alex Rizkalla lived for 66 years and 6 days and when we all came together to remember him, I was struck by the depth and strength of artistic community that Alex and Julie made real for themselves and for us too. Alex lived as artists live: thinking, reading, making, collecting, exhibiting, cooking, talking, arguing  his […]

September 26

Painting. More Painting: Creators versus Producers. Silence kills culture

If you don’t believe in God, it’s difficult to believe in painting. Most painters self identify as Creators, just like God. Yawn. But what did God ever do for women? Except hold us back. Me, I identify as an artistic Producer, like Mel Brooks. Creators and Producers don’t see eye to eye, their philosophies are […]

September 01

#art4sale

Nobody liked the Melbourne International Art Fair. Not till it got canned. Now, we love it. Now we’re remembering the poor old dear rather more fondly, then when it actually existed. Frocking up, fake fur stole slung nonchalantly over one’s shoulders, a touch more war paint applied than is usual. By night’s end, wearing a […]

July 30

NGV #cockfest: Degas – A New Vision

If you were to call the National Gallery of Victoria a large, expensive, State-funded #cockfest, you couldn’t be called out as a vicious, attack dog, tall poppy trimming, black widow spider of a whining woman. You could more reasonably describe yourself as a social realist.  The State of Victoria is formed from land stolen from […]