Mirka Mora: A life making art by Sabine Cotte

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November 2019, no. 416
Carol Middleton reviews 'Mirka Mora: A life making art by Sabine Cotte

Mirka Mora: A life making art

by Sabine Cotte

Thames & Hudson, $49.99 hb, 256 pp, 9781760760298

Mirka Mora: A life making art by Sabine Cotte

Reviewed by
November 2019, no. 416

A year after her death, Mirka Mora is still regarded as a ‘phenomenon’ in the Melbourne art world, not least for her vibrant personality and provocative behaviour. Now Sabine Cotte, a French-Australian painting conservator, in this modest account of her research into the artist’s methods and materials, offers a new perspective on Mora’s creative process and the significance of her work.

Mora – a creative innovator until her death at the age of ninety – was a dedicated, self-taught artist who studied the Old Masters and refined her painting techniques. She is widely known for her dolls (soft sculptures), her tapestries, and her murals. People who took part in her textile workshops often report that she changed their lives. Her public art is still visible in cafés, bookshops, railway stations, and on St Kilda Pier, guaranteeing her a continuing presence in Melbourne’s cultural and social life.

Carol Middleton reviews 'Mirka Mora: A life making art by Sabine Cotte

Mirka Mora: A life making art

by Sabine Cotte

Thames & Hudson, $49.99 hb, 256 pp, 9781760760298

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