Journal article

Mosaic, gold, and frilly skirts: Mirka Mora’s legacy in Melbourne

Sabine Cotte

Melbourne Historical Journal | University of Melbourne. School of Historical and Philosophical Studies | Published : 2020

Abstract

French born Mirka Mora (1928-2018) had a particular status in Melbourne: a beloved artist, forever celebrated for her Parisian accent and the epitome of bohemia, she has left many public artworks in the city, populated with her characteristic imagery of children, fantastic creatures and flowery plants. Her public image, her original sense of dress and her eccentric behaviour are as famous, if not more, than her art. Mora’s unique place in the city’s social and artistic circles has much to do with her European migrant status, her central role in Melbourne’s artistic world since the 1950s, together with her important production of public works that have become city landmarks,1 and her extensiv..

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