Before Mirka died she expressed regret at being more famous for being Mirka Mora than her copious artistic output. I understand that but would she have been so well known for her art if she wasn't the larger than life Mirka? I doubt it.
The Jewish Museum in St Kilda has a Mirka exhibition running until the end of this month. We booked a time slot, paid and took a look.
I know rather a lot about Mirka and have mentioned her in a few posts over the years. It is so interesting to look back at comments in 2007. https://highriser.blogspot.com/2007/12/iconic-women.html
My writing was not the best at holding a reader, but still I take some pride in this post and the research I put into it. https://highriser.blogspot.com/2012/05/puzzlement.html
Funnily just today (Thursday) we lunched with a friend and his partner who we had not seen for a couple of years (it's complicated). The partner works in aged care and nursed Mirka in her final year. He came home one night and said to his partner, an old lady died today, Mirka. The partner is Indonesian born and had no idea who Mirka was. Mirka who? our friend asked. Mora was the reply, and it dawned on our friend who his partner had been nursing.
Mirka was outrageous at times, and we loved her for it. She was maybe not quite as extreme as Miriam Margolyes but similar. 'I got under the table and.....'.
Here are some photos from the exhibition.