Wrestlers Wrestling In Boxes:
A series of soft sculpture dolls,
manipulated and painted,
capturing the theatrics of wrestling.
“Larger than life, hairy and sweaty men in tights, Mario Milano, Killer Karl Kox and King Curtis were household names, loved and watched by thousands across the suburbs of Australia during the 60s and 70s. At our home in the western suburbs of Sydney it was no different. My brothers and I would watch the wrestling with our dad every Sunday morning while mum prepared the Sunday roast.
Wrestlers of the 1970s were predominantly migrant men imported to establish and promote Australian wrestling.
Along with the inventive stage names came extravagant personalities and colourful dialogue. The flamboyant choreographed fighting was as creative as the titles given to particular holds and moves.
My dolls are fabric, stitched, stuffed, hand painted and boxed. Their shapes are stylized action figures, painted in a manner of vintage sideshow posters.”
– Grace Garton
Thursday 1 – Friday 30 November 2018
Image Credits: Grace Garton