• Artist
    Marion Manifold
  • Title
    L'ile des Epis, Strasborg
  • Date of Production
    2010
  • Medium
    linocut and beads
  • Dimensions
  • Credit Details

Marion Manifold: Through the Notebook - Marie Antoinette


Saturday, March 24, 2012 - Sunday, May 06, 2012, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Timken Gallery
Admission: Free


The exhibition started as research into Marie Antoinette's 'Notebook of Ladies' Attire' in the Archives Nationales, Paris. The book has fabric samples which were presented to Marie Antoinette who pricked the pages with a pin to choose her attire.

Using a facsimile of the book and researching places and images of Marie Antoinette's life and era, including the revolution, Victorian artist Marion Manifold has created works that are richly beaded and/or embroidered, or painted, some with silk appliqué, in keeping with Marie Antoinette's lifestyle.

Marie Antoinette's fashion revolution was the beginning of her end on the guillotine. Her fate is omnipresent in the work - the attempted destruction of her identity through satire and as Prisoner No. 280 and the complete loss of identity by beheading and burial in an unmarked grave.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and is a result of a 3 month Paris residency.