Wednesday, November 5, 2008
On the occassion of an exhibition in Melbourne at the sulubrious Carlton Hotel titled Girls Girls Girls, CoUNTess announced her arrival in Oz on the back cover of the exhibition catalogue zine.
The Countesses @ blogspot site meter has been spinning ever since. CoUNTess may be polymorphous but is completely straight laced when it comes to the numbers. As perverse as they are it is the numbers that tell the real story of the unequal conditions that women artists in Australia are operating within.
CoUNTess has welcomed new field operatives who love to count the gender representation in thier local nooks and crannies of the artworld. If you are interested in contributing to Countess we would love to hear from you email.
Already whistle blowers are sending in tips from all corners of the nation some quite upset and irate about the overwhelming exclusion of women from so many exhibitions and wonder what they can do about it. CoUNTess says a problem shared is a problem halved and there is nothing gained not talking talking about it. No point waiting for Jerry Springer to expose the matter publicly, or Judge Judy to deliver a verdict.
A balanced gender representation in the art world is not to much to expect. If your locally publicly funded gallery is showing less than 50% female artists write a message of complaint to the gallery director, your local member, the galleries funding bodies. Thats what the CoUNTesses @ blogspot.com are busy doing.
CoUNTess has always said that change is possible? Now we have Bob the Builder and Barack Obama claiming they can fix it and change things too. And we all agree;
YES WE CAN