Image credit: Margaret Kilgallen
Art21 just released a previously unseen segment of an interview with the late Margaret Kilgallen (1967-2001), recorded in 2000. In it, Kilgallen talks about her heroines, saying:
Among the women she favors is Australian swimmer Fanny Durack (pictured center, below). After initially being refused permission to compete in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, Durack became the first Australian woman to win an Olympic gold medal in a swimming event when the New South Wales Ladies Swimming Association allowed her and friend Mina Wylie (who took silver) to go provided they bore their own expenses.I like to paint images of women who I find inspiring, and I don’t like to choose people that everybody knows. I like to choose people that just do small things and yet somehow hit me in my heart.
Watch the video and read more about Kilgallen’s heroines on the Art21 blog.