Tania Ferrier is a senior WA artist and has exhibited works in New York, Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart. Tania has been invited to show Angry Underwear in the National Survey of Australian Women Artists at The National Gallery of Australia in 2020.
In 1988 Tania Ferrier lived in New York for four years after completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Curtin University. During this time she created the project Angry Underwear, as the result of a sexual assault incident in a Brooklyn strip club. This resulted in an “interventionist performance” with strippers wearing Angry Underwear on stage in retaliation. The project garnered international media attention with famous celebrities including Madonna, Naomi Campbell and Lauren Hutton all wearing Angry Underwear.
Ferrier exhibited Angry Underwear at Perth’s Artemis Gallery in 1989. The show was hugely successful and widely publicised due to local politicians’ attempts to have the exhibition shut down for obscenity. The Art Gallery of Western Australia bought two paintings from this exhibition, which were later shown alongside the works by Brett Whiteley and David Hockney in American Dreams in 1999.
Ferrier has extended her interest in women’s apparel as a feminist art statement, in particular, the dress form. During her residency at FAC, Ferrier will create Shark Woman. This work will be created using 150 op shop bras and will form part of Sculpture by the Sea 2020.
Hi Tania, Can you tell us what you’ve been working on during your residency at FAC?
I’ll be working on Shark Woman, a sculpture I’m creating in collaboration with mother and artist Evi Ferrier. The 2.4 metre high sculpture will be built from cane, lacquered material and 150 op shop bra cups embellished with shark’s teeth. The work will be exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea, on Cottesloe beach later in the year. I’ll also be working on a 2.4m dress form titled Steel Magnolia for Sculpture at Bathers 2020. This will be constructed from Gatorboard and stenciled with a Magnolia pattern. I’m also working on a sculpture titled Guardian Angel. It’s going to be exhibited at Flux Gallery for International Women’s Day 2020 as part of the Embedded exhibition.
You are one of 150 Australian female artists in a survey exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Can you tell us about the work that will feature in the exhibition?
My Shark Bra outfit, two photographs, and a video will be shown in the National Survey of Australian Women Artists at NGA in May. I may also be creating new work.