Smoko time with the AWLA

Smoko time with the AWLA
Grace Taylor
Smoko time with the AWLA

oil on hardboard
45.7 x 55.8
ART29758

As Australia’s war economy was increasingly geared to the needs of total war, women became an even more important labour resource. These Australian Women’s Land Army girls, sitting on the stubble from the cotton plants, form an idyllic subject. Their strong limbs are bronzed from the sun as they sit chatting, smoking, reading, and drinking tea. However, the blue sky and the landscape bathed in sun in no way reflect the hardships these women endured in taking on this difficult, back-breaking activity.