Kelly Doley: Art You Can Wear T-shirt
With the current closure of galleries, museums and public art spaces due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the time to get art out, about and onto the site we take with us everywhere—our bodies.
Putting art front and centre, Art You Can Wear invited submissions from artists and non-artists worldwide for designs that have been printed on a limited edition run of T-shirts. Ten winning designs were chosen from hundreds of entries by a panel including MUMA’s Director Charlotte Day, City of Melbourne’s Design Director Jocelyn Chiew, artist Dr Christian Thompson and artist/Director of Monash Art Projects Professor Callum Morton.
Kelly Doley is an artist based on Gadigal land, Sydney, with an interest in working with text, signwriting and slogans that stems from her father's occupation as a commercial set painter. Designed using handmade letters, her T-shirt adopts a phrase by Australian cyberfeminist artist, Linda Dement, and reflects on the function of slogans in times of social change. Describing her concept, Doley writes: ‘I was thinking about the “It's Time” slogan used in the Gough Whitlam ALP election campaign in 1972. The slogan was seen to capture the mood for social and political change in Australia at the time. With that time now passed, the urgency of Dement’s “future now” could be a more fitting slogan for the current moment.’ Doley is also a founding member of the artist collective Barbara Cleveland and Deputy Director, UNSW Galleries, Sydney.
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