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fur, hats, installation, portrait, text, wire

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An obscure portrait extracted <<daisy chopper accelerated>>

ArtistJacqueline Fraser
Production Date2003
Mediumwire, faux fur from Chelsea N.Y.
Size850 x 350 mm
DepartmentNew Zealand Art
Subjectshats, muffs, portraits, women, jumpers (dresses)
Accession Date13 Jun 2003
Accession NoC2003/1/17
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2003


Jacqueline Fraser’s delicate constructions combine the elegance of fashion illustrations with allusions to the barbaric realities of our time. Fraser’s chic protagonists, often clad in designer fabrics, are juxtaposed with titles that refer to antidepressant drugs or military weapons. In An obscure portrait extracted, this fashionista is blindfolded by her New York faux fur hat while, we are told, a ‘daisy chopper accelerated’. The 6800 kilo BLU-82 bomb, used by the United States military in Vietnam and Afghanistan, is known as the ‘daisy cutter’ for its ability to flatten a forest.