Sally Smart - What’s hot in new Australian art? Find out in the best National yet

John McDonald, Sydney Morning Herald , April 23, 2021

One of the impressive aspects of the MCA show is the sheer ambition of the artists. Deborah Kelly’s CREATION project is operatic in scope, incorporating video, animation, collage, tapestry, costume, dance and performance in a modest attempt to forge “an insurgent queer science fiction climate change religion”. Sally Smart’s The Artist’s Ballet – another multimedia spectacular – takes her work to a new level; while Mehwish Iqbal’s Grey Wall comprises no fewer than 50,000 small human silhouettes cut from paper, drawn and painted by the artist. These tiny figures are assembled into a gigantic cloud (crowd), spread across one long wall of the museum.

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