Journal article

Elegy to an Oz Republic: First Steps in a Ceremony of Invocation towards Reconciliation

Barbara Bolt

Cultural Studies Review | University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)


In 2012 the author completed a series of drawings that, while figurative in form, were structurally based on and derived their inspiration from Robert Motherwell’s abstract series, Elegies to the Spanish Republic (1963-1975). This wholesale 'borrowing', 'quotation' and 'citation' raises the questions addressed in this article. What does it mean to engage in acts of appropriation now? And, more importantly, can such acts of appropriation draw on the spirit of the 'original' work to make a (political) difference?

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