Event The Interior

The Interior

Book Launch

12 November 2022

Join us to celebrate the launch of Natalya Hughes’ first artist monograph published to accompany her IMA exhibition The Interior. 

Contributing essayist Jacqueline Chlanda will be in conversation with Natalya discussing the exhibition, publication, and the importance of publishing to feminist art histories. The IMA will launch the publication and it will be available for purchase in the Gallery Shop. 

This publication explores three interrelated strands in the Hughes’ recent practice that that reappraise male modernists (Freud, Kirchner, and de Kooning) and their complex female subjects. Featuring essays by Professor Susan Best (QCA, Griffith), Dr Jacqueline Chlanda (UQ Art Museum), Dr Andrew McNamara (QUT), alongside an interview between Hughes and curator Elspeth Pitt (NGA) this publication is a rich survey of Hughes’s recent work.  

The Interior is designed by Evi O Studio, Sydney and published by the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.  


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Guest Info
  • Jacqueline Chlanda is Education Manager at The University of Queensland (UQ) Art Museum. She received her PhD in Art History, English Literature and Philosophy from UQ in 2019. Chlanda previously worked at the National Gallery of Australia and Griffith University Art Museum, and taught art history at UQ and QCA. She has written for a range of publications and institutions, including the Australian Book Review, Art Asia Pacific, fine print magazine, the Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Milani Gallery, and Box Copy.


    Natalya Hughes is an artist whose multidisciplinary practice is concerned with decorative and ornamental traditions and their associations with the feminine, the body and excess. Through painting, textiles, sculpture and installation, her recent bodies of work investigate the relationship between modernist painters and their anonymous women subjects. Using the life and work of major twentieth-century male artists Willem de Kooning and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, as well archival case studies of Sigmund Freud, Hughes seeks to examine society’s ‘problems’ with women and the fraught associations that have ultimately determined them. 

Courtesy of Evi O Studio.

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