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Unrequited Love No. 15

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Published; McPhee Gribble.

Physical description

Handcoloured photocopy of a cartoon in black ink, captioned 'Unrequired love No. 15' and 'Desert island'. Each of the two frames depicts a desert island with two characters sitting below a palm tree. A speech bubble in the first frame reads 'It could've / been worse' and another in the second frame reads 'One of us / might've been / hetereosexual'. Writing on a coner of the paper in pencil reads '19 print'.

Statement of significance

The collection consists of 45 cartoons by free lance cartoonist Judy Horacek produced from mid 1980s to 2001. The cartoons provide social and political comment on gender relations. Horacek's work has appeared in number newspapers and journals including the Australian, the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Horacek's work has always been especially concerned with women and feminism. Her characteristic spiky, sassy figures provide heroines which her readers readily identify with. Her cartoons reflect some of the major issues of the feminist movement including women and politics, women's place in society and women and work.

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