Wooden Wall Piece - 'Hard Wall - Patria Dictis', Klara Donath, circa 1991 Object Reg. No: SH 980454

Wooden Wall Piece 'Hard Wall - Patria Dictis' made by Klara Donath, circa 1991. In 1987 Hungarian born artist Klara Donath was awarded a grant by the Australia Council to work as an artist in residence in the Melbourne Hungarian community for eight months to create two large mixed media wall installations for the Hungarian Community Centre in Wantirna. The two works are designed to express the pride, dignity, romanticism and poetry at the heart of the Hungarian character.

The project, which took four years to complete, resulted in the creation of two complementary artworks. 'Hard Wall - Patria Dictis' consists of wooden shingles decorated with metal work based on Hungarian folk craft, such as that found on belt buckles, glory boxes and horse brasses. Donath sees this work as exemplifying the sternness and hardness associated with Hungarian masculinity. The title of the work Patria Dictis refers to the love and longing for one's home.

Klara studied art and painting at university in Hungary, before she was expelled for her political views. She then trained and worked as a costume designer for the many theatres in Budapest. After escaping Hungary in 1956 and immigrating to Australia, Klara worked in a variety of jobs to support her family. Klara has continued to create work in her chosen medium of textile art. Much of Klara's work draws upon her Hungarian cultural origins.
Large rectangular artwork consisting of numerous sections of decorated timber attached via adhesive to a timber backing forming a grid pattern. The timber sections have been decorated with paints ranging in colour from muted blues and purples to various shades of maroon, orange and green. Some panels are embellished with lines of gold paint and others with thin copper alloy foils adhered and wrapped around their lower edges. There are six strips of leather affixed to the upper border of the artwork.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Klara Donath, 1998
Klára Donáth-Patay
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 200 cm (Height), 400 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Object weighs 120 Kilos.

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Tagged with: artworks, immigration, metalworking, woodworking, artistic practices, sculpture, artists, textiles, hungarian communities, hungarian immigration
Themes this item is part of: Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection, Migration Collection, Klara Donath, Hungarian Immigrant & Artist, 1956
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: woodworking
Artist: Ms Klara Donath, Wantirna, Victoria, Australia, 1987-1991
Place & Date Used: Wantirna, Victoria, Australia, 1991-1998
References: Miley, Caroline (1991). 'Transcending Nationalism' Craft Victoria, (October/November), p. 18-19

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