Greatly inspired by Germaine Greer‘s infamous publication The Female Eunuch, Melbourne artist Emily Floyd has created a 100 piece sculptural installation devoted to the book. Now showing at Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, the wooden fragments include pieces which have been shaped to resemble the female form, referencing not only the book’s feminist contents but its notorious cover image designed by surrealist painter, John Holmes. Entitled The Temple of the Female Eunuch,the exhibition includes carvings containing text exerts from the book, often in vibrant, psychedelic colors,reflecting the period in which the book was written.
Emily Floyd earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in sculpture from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She has been granted several awards and artist residencies, including the 2000 Cinemedia Digital Arts Fund and The University of Melbourne Asia link Residency, which sent her to work in New Delhi.She has had various solo exhibitions within Australia at institutions including The John Curtain Gallery, Perth, The Institute of Modern Art,Brisbane and Studio 12 at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne.