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Icon - Ceramic Hands, Women on Farms Gathering, Macedon Ranges (Kyneton), 2002 Object Reg. No: HT 1426

Icon created for and displayed at the Women on Farms Gathering, Macedon Ranges (Kyneton) 2002.

The organisers for the Macedon Ranges Gathering commissioned the ceramic hands to represent the following meaning: 'Made from clay. The hands rise from the earth and reach out. Our hands are strong, hardworking, can hold, carry and are flexible. And our hands are supporting, nurturing, touching, caressing, and reach out in welcome.' The hands were created by Kyneton potter Peggy Thallong-Smith with assistance by Pat Beasley. The hands are slip cast and modelled on Pat Beasley's hands.

The closing of each Gathering and the anticipation of the next is celebrated with a formal 'baton changing' ritual, where a symbolic 'icon' is handed over from one organising committee to the next. Each item represents a story or message of some of the key themes and issues, which have shaped the meaning and experience of these women's rural identity.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Donation from Victorian Women on Farms Gathering, 2002
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 135 mm (Height), 268 mm (Width), 265 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: agriculture, art, gender issues, globalisation, politics, rural life, work, hands, finger, sculpture
Themes this item is part of: Sustainable Futures Collection, Victorian Women on Farms Gathering Collection, 2002 Macedon Ranges (Kyneton) WoFG, Poetry and Song - The Victorian Women on Farms Gatherings
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Community Activity - Women on Farms Gathering
Tertiary Classification: symbolic objects
Artist: Ms Peggy Thallong-Smith - Women on Farms Gathering, Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia, 2002
Commissioned By: Victorian Women on Farms Gathering, Kyneton, Victoria, Australia, 2002
Person Depicted: Pat Beasley, Kyneton, Victoria, Australia, 2002

The hands are slip cast and modelled on Pat Beasley's hands.
References: http://www.wofgcollection.org.au/About.aspx, viewed 12.05.2008 LDH
http://cv.vic.gov.au/#, viewed 12.05.2008 LDH
  1. [Chapter] Dale-Hallett, Liza, et al. "Rural women reclaiming their place through symbols, stories and rituals"., 2008
  2. [Article] Dale-Hallett, Liza & Diffey, Rhonda. 2006. "Motherboards and desert sands: stories of Australian rural women" Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies., 2006
  3. [Article] Dale-Hallett, Liza, et al. 2006. "Creating collaborative living history; the case of the Victorian Women on Farms Gathering Heritage Collection", History Australia., 2006

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