An obsessed artist, a glamorous society wife, and a mysterious sculpture, never seen, that will change their lives. Matthew Brennan, gifted and ambitious, sights his inspiration one sultry morning on a commuter train, and from that moment his life’s aim is to pursue that vision until he has obtained from it what he needs. But what of the vision herself? What does it mean to become a muse, a vehicle to realize one man’s dream? Where does the flesh and blood woman stand in relation to the art and the artist?
As Gilda Milliken’s luminous figure gradually comes into focus, and fissures start to open in her orderly world, we are increasingly drawn into her deepening self-crisis. Set throughout a long, hot summer at the height of Sydney’s heady ‘80s financial boom, moving from party to gallery to nightclub, The Muse shows how much we are creatures of instinct and passion, before reason.