Micky Allan's work deals with the psychological make-up of the people who comprise our society...
Survey 12. On Paper (exhibition catalogue), National Gallery of Victoria, 1980
The "prime of life" is a term used rather loosely in our society, but I have confined this particular series to the 28-45 year group. Most of the people represented thought this was the prime of life.
"In my twenties I couldn't believe in the 'future' ... we used to say 'I don't trust anyone over 30". Now I'm 32 and know better. I look forward to my future."
Another said (amongst other things):
"Yes - I'm in the prime of life. But my teeth aren't."
And a third person said:
"I think the prime of life is when a person feels happy and fulfilled no matter what the age."
Artist's Statement, Survey 12. On Paper (exhibition catalogue), National Gallery of Victoria, 1980