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Margaret Dodd

Margaret Dodd

Margaret Dodd was born in Berri, South Australia, in 1941. She was part of the 'funk' ceramic movement that originated in Davis,California, during the 1960s. Her work centres on the car as a twentieth century Australian icon; a theme that she has developedthrough ceramic and sculpture into video, film and installation. Her work has been collected by the National Gallery of AustraliaCanberra as well as the state galleries of Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales. She lives and worksin Adelaide, South Australia.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2014 Holden Hypotheses, The Hughes Gallery, Sydney 

  • 2008 Chosen Vessel : Australia’s Own Car. Jam Factory Adelaide- collaborations and solo works in 

    porcelain and 3D videos

  • 1993 M DODD 93. Some works from 1965-1993. Video and ceramics Artspace, Adelaide Festival 

    Centre, July /August 1993

  • 1981 This Woman is Not A Car  video and ceramics installation Watters Gallery, Sydney

  • 1977 Link Exhibition, video and ceramics, Art Gallery of South Australia

  • 1971 Margaret Dodd Ceramic Cars, Watters Gallery Sydney

  • 1968 Ceramic Cars by Margaret Dodd, Memorial Union Gallery, University of California, Davis California 


Selected group exhibitions

  • 2013 Adelaide Festival of the Arts Group exhibition

Fresh from the Studio, The Hughes Gallery, Sydney

  • 2007 Mentor Mentored3 Contemporary Art Centre of SA (SALA exhibition)
  • 2006 Australia’s Own Car National Museum of Australia

  • 2004 Open Borders: Fleurieu Peninsula Heritage Exhibition McLaren Vale South Australia

    (Video Installation)

  • 2003 Buenos Aires Film Festival.  Australian films curated by Adrian Martin. This Woman is Not a Car 

    16mm 23min film (see 1982)

  • 2001 Federation : Australian Art and Society 1901-2001

  • 2000 Chemistry: Art In South Australia 1990-2000 Art Gallery of South Australia

  • 2000 SALA Week at the Art Gallery of SA, Margaret Dodd, works from and screening of This Woman is 

    Not a Car.

  • 1998/1999 Alien Eye  series: eleven short video artworks broadcast to rural areas in Australia. Artist in 

    residence at Central GTS/BKN, Port Pirie South Australia. Supported by the Australia Council 

    and SA Country Arts Trust

  • 1998 Forgotten Fruit: a multimedia installation at the Stable, Rundle St Adelaide. With Jennifer Hughes. 

    Fifty short videos, evoking the atmosphere and memory of the East End Markets. Supported by 

    ArtsSA and the Adelaide City Council

  • 1993 Eight annual Thirty Ceramic Sculptors exhibition. California Conference for the Ceramic Art, 

    Davis California. Group exhibition and conference paper. Supported by the Australia Council

  • 1992 LA Drives Me Wild. Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica California. Group Exhibition

  • 1991 Thirty years of TB9, a Tribute to Robert Arneson, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis California.

  • 1988/9 Creating Australia, 200 Years of Art.1788-1988 Art Gallery of SA and all other state Galleries.

  • 1988 Sculpture 88, Gallery 460 Sculpture Park, Gosford New South Wales, Bridal Costume for an 

    FJ Holden, discarded. ( full sized fibreglass FJ Holden bridal costume)

  • 1985 Perspecta,Art Gallery of NSW

  • 1983 Continuum ‘83 Japan

  • 1983 Perspecta, Art Gallery of NSW

  • 1983 Women Work Sound, Rythm Pattern Pause, installation with Joan Grounds, Artspace 

    Sydney NSW

  • 1982 This Woman Is Not A Car, film launch Chauvel Cinema Paddington New South Wales

  • 1982 Clocks and Lorries, installations, Artspace and Plaza for the Adelaide Festival of Arts, 

    with Tony Coleing and Leigh Hobba. Video Progress They Call it with Kaurna elder Mrs 

    Gladys Elphick

  • 1971 Harald Szeeman in Australia, Bonython Gallery, Sydney, National Gallery of Victoria, 

    Melbourne Victoria

  • 1966 Ceramics from Davis, The Chocolate Factory, Museum West, California, USA


  • Australia

  • National Gallery of Australia Canberra

  • National Gallery of Victoria

  • Art Gallery of South Australia

  • Art Gallery of Western Australia

  • Art Gallery of New South Wales

  • Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Launceston Tasmania

  • Powerhouse Museum Sydney

  • National Film Archive Canberra

  • National Film Library Canberra

  • Latrobe Valley Arts Centre Morwell Victoria

  • Shepparton Art Gallery Shepparton Victoria

  • Geelong Art Gallery Geelong Victoria

  • Queensland Institute of Technology Brisbane

  • Queensland Art Gallery Brisbane

  • National Motor Museum Birdwood SA.

  • Overseas

  • University of Saskatchewan, Regina

  • Nickel Art Museum Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • Private collections in US, including Ross Turk, Robert Arneson and Allan Stone

  • Private collections in the Netherlands