• Body Design, etching by John Bulunbulun (Dec)
  • Dilly bag, etching by Kate Miwulku (Dec)
  • Bush paper bark, etching by Kate Miwulku (Dec)
  • Rabbit, etching by Kate Miwulku (Dec)

Printmaking at Maningrida

11 April - 03 May 2014

Maningrida Arts and Culture is a community of artists from approximately 34 outstations in East Arnhem Land. The Art Centre was established in the early 1970’s and is continually on the forefront of innovation and artistic endeavor reflecting the diversity of languages and cultures of the region.


Maningrida artists first made prints in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, when the late Johnny Bulunbulun, David Milaybuma and other artists visited Port Jackson Press and the Canberra School of Art.


Printmaking was fully incorporated at the Art Centre in 1997 with a series of etching, lithography and screenprinting workshops and projects through Charles Darwin University’s Northern Editions, initiated by printmaker Basil Hall. The new wave of printmakers included women and the exploration of colour and a contemporary expression of their culture. In the mid 2000’s French printmaker Jean Kohen worked with a range of artists to produce this series of etchings.


These workshops and collaborations have enabled both male and female artists to discover and experiment with the print medium.  The process has stimulated new interpretations of subject matter found in rock art throughout the Arnhem Land escarpment such as weaving, plant and animal motifs. It has also enabled artists such as Kate Miwulku a physical and emotional expression of her culture.

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  • ....without a paddle..., barbed wire, razor wire and cable wire
  • Red Necked Angler Fish, chicken wire, fly wire, data wire and bead wire
  • Crown of Thorns, gutter guard, fly wire and bead wire
  • Blowhard horrida, fly wire , data wire, bead wire and acrylic paint

What Lies Beneath

07 March - 05 April 2014

In this exhibition Merran Sierakowski presents hostile fishes that surround the Australian coastline. The fishes are a metaphor for the unwelcoming treatment of refugees to our shores; they represent old prejudices and fears, much as images of monsters were depicted on medieval maps of imagined lands.


Merran Sierakowski is a prolific artist who consistently addresses social, political and environmental issues. Her creative, ironic and whimsical art works reflect on human rights, cultural identity and sense of place.


Merran’s art practice encompasses limited edition prints, digital imagery, sculpture and installations. She uses a variety of techniques incorporating fabric, paper, metal, stone, wire, wood and found objects.


As an artist I keep coming back to ideas about fear and rejection, modern interpretations and historical links are a constant theme of my practice. The ideas that are exemplified in these works can also be applied to many other less enlightened attitudes that persist in our community. The sculptures serve as a catalyst for the viewer to recognise their own fears and monsters. Merran Sierakowski 2014


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  • Barren, drypoint on handmade phalsa paper with stenciled earth pigments, 42 x 60 cm.
  • Earth, drypoint on handmade manila hemp rope paper with stenciled earth pigments, 42 x 60 cm.
  • Flagging 2, drypoint on handmade manila hemp and phalsa paper laminate with stenciled earth pigments and thread, 60 x 42 cm.
  • Formation, drypoint on handmade phalsa paper with stenciled earth pigments, 60 x 42 cm.

Earth: works in paper

07 February - 01 March 2014

In this exhibition, Winsome Jobling reflects upon the exploitation of Earth and questions the increasing imbalance of the human – nature relationship. Through rich organic images Jobling explores the nature of landscapes that have been disemboweled by human activity, leaving scars and exit wounds that may never be healed. The works consist of handmade paper made from plant materials and earth pigments.


What is our relationship to the earth?

We disembowel the earth of resources; minerals, oil and gas leaving scars and exit wounds that may never be healed. Constantly taking and using what the earth has to offer. Geologists look for tell-tale signatures of minerals in rock types, strata, electromagnetics, geochemical patterns, and recently botanic research. There is gold in the leaves of the Eucalyptus trees around Kalgoorlie. Our need is insatiable. Is Mine the appropriate word? Would Ours be more mindful and humble?


The earth is a system of moving gas, liquid and solids, all part of much bigger interconnected and interdependent components and we are part of this dynamic. Our domination and exploitation of nature may alienate us from the earth we stand on. Is there an increasing imbalance of the human – nature relationship? Certainly our pristine ‘white’ goods, fuelled by industrialism, technology and consumerism, are the antithesis of the dirt and ore they come from, helping us forget their earthly origins. Winsome Jobling 2014


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Further Reading

Recognising Indigenous Knowledge PDF (.5 mb) >

(Winsome Jobling – Hand Papermaking, Vol 28, no 2, 2013)

Charles Darwin University – Looking at Art >

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