Helen Maudsley on how to read art: ‘Learn to do what the picture tells you’

By Stephanie Convery

After a career spanning seven decades, the 90-year-old Australian artist still expects her audience to put in an effort

“Have you ever been pregnant?” artist Helen Maudsley asks me.

We are standing in a room papered with earthy pinks and purples, in front of a series of paintings peppered with an array of motifs – roses, columns, geometric hands, splashes of colour. Maudsley, one of Australia's most tenacious and perhaps most underrated artists, is trying – valiantly – to help me understand her work.

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