"The fine grain, flat planar surface of paper when used with sympathetic media and the relatively small scale conspire to effect a relationship between viewer and work that has an immediacy and significantly high level of intimacy. Works like Self destruct 2004 by Hazel Dooney use this to advantage.
Dooney's drawing of conflict between two women is described in strong, continuous line that leaves most of the paper support untouched and uncovered. It is likely that her image was sourced from photographs and reinterpreted into graphic linear elements, reducing form to the essential line. The artist creates a simple division (through colour) between the two fighting women suggesting the two halves of the self in conflict or more broadly, the destructive tendencies of the narcissistic ego. The use of sequins and the emphasis on eyes and mouth gives the subject an emotional intensity and suggests that the arena for conflict is beauty and self image, simultaneously undermining the sensuality of the image with a subversive and plaintive note." – Michael Desmond
Desmond, Michael. "2004 National Works on Paper". Exhibition Catalogue, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, September 2004 (pp. 3-4).
Self destruct, Hazel Dooney 2004. Archival pen, sequins, thread and reflective vinyl on paper, 56 x 76cm (1’10” x 2’6”).
Images on pp. 4-5: (left) baby girl of true love, Del Kathryn Barton 2004; (right) details of Neo jumbucks #7, Anna Hoyle 2004.