‘Dirty laundry’ stands as a universal metaphor for things best kept private, but in clean laundry there seems to be some potential, and motive, for public display. Clean washing on the line is an expression of domestic order: of propriety, cleanliness, decency, and civilisation per se. While laundry practices are often framed in terms of drudgery – of slavery to the washing machine or clothesline, marked by endless, deadening repetition – for some people the seemingly quotidian chore of hanging out the washing holds unexpected significance.
March 27- May 10, 2015. The University of Queensland Art Museum
James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre (Building 11)
The University of Queensland
St Lucia Qld 4067 Australia