Inspired by the mangroves and tropical ecologies of Darwin, Talitha Kennedy has taken the aesthetic of fecundity to heart. Talitha’s drawings are elaborate ink on paper doodles, working between conscious thought and raw instinct to evoke intimate landscapes suggestive of plant, body and earth as transforming mass.
Her artistic practice examines the human relationship with wild nature. Living in the tropics has resulted in direct and tangible influence on her art. Drawings and sculptures interpret the aesthetics of fecundity and the tension between human culture and natural forces.
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Bush Life is an exciting new exhibition by the Tjanpi Desert Weavers that explores elements of life in the remote communities of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Lands of Central Australia.
These quirky grass sculptural works are a physical representation of the everyday items that hold significance to the artists including motorcars, helicopters, guitars, camp dogs and native animals of the Lands.
Bush Life features both three dimensional and flat sculptures that resonate with the spirit of the Country and the artists who wove them. Physical elements of the Country are incorporated into the weaving through the use of wild-harvested grasses while contemporary life is acknowledged in the use of found objects sourced from community settlements. Works are made from a combination of Tjanpi (wild-harvested grasses), date palm, raffia, acrylic yarn, plastic-coated wire; and emu feathers.
Through this exhibition Tjanpi artists celebrate life in remote communities, creativity and Country.
In 2014 the print studio at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka began with an influx of new emerging artists and young trainee printmakers. The print space has always maintained a policy to employ and train local Yolngu in the art of printmaking to ensure that Yolngu printmakers edition the prints created by Yolngu artists.
This year Munuy’ngu Marika, Bawu Gurruwiwi, Godut Ganambarr, Dhalmula Burarrwanga and Burrthi Marika, all aged between 18 – 20 years old, began full time work at the print studio alongside existing printers Paula Gumana and Annie Studd. All of these young artists created and editioned their own linocuts which are part of the exciting Yuta (New) exhibition at Nomad Art.
The print studio has always been a place of activity but for 2014 these young Indigenous people have created a working environment where their music, their aesthetic and their world enlivens and spreads joy and hope through the daily operations of the gallery.
The prints at Yuta ‘New’ have all been editioned by the hands of these and other young printmaker artists over the last three years at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka and reflect the environment from which they came, a place of newness, laughter, learning and the future grown from the foundations of culture and tradition.
Tropical Northern Queensland is an environment rich in cultural and natural diversity where tropical rain forests, wetlands and estuarine mangroves meet the Torres Strait.
Likewise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art is rich and symbolic. Diversity and artistic innovation abounds through contemporary artworks, including etchings, linocuts, ceramics, textiles and ghost net weavings.
Artists from Erub Erwer Meta (Darnley Island) produce contemporary ghost net weavings, sculptures and vibrant screenprinted fabrics. The work celebrates island life and culture by translating traditional stories to a modern medium.
Surrounded by wetlands on the east coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria, artists from Pormpuraaw are accomplished printmakers who produce traditional images as contemporary etchings and linocut prints. Their sculptural ghost net works have quirky characteristics, often with aquatic themes.
Etchings and drypoint prints by artists from Yarrabah Arts and Culture were completed during a visit in 2013 from Paul Machnick, from Studio PM in Montreal who has collaborated at length with Inuit artists. In this series artists explore the local traditions of pandanus and cabbage palm weaving through the medium of print. Similar themes are explored in a series of coil pots, which are inspired by the natural environment and country.
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Warlayirti Artists are well known for their beautiful, high quality artworks including limited edition prints. Since 2002, there has been a long-standing collaboration between the Balgo artists and the printers from Northern Editions in Darwin. This partnership has resulted in numerous editions of etchings and screenprints and in more recent times has expanded to include […]
Kieren Karritypul is a highly talented emerging artist from Merrepen Arts at Nauiyu Community on the Daly River. Karritypul paints subjects associated with the traditional culture and knowledge of his family heritage. This exhibition includes recent paintings, prints and fabric designed by this exciting new artist in his first solo exhibition. I have grown […]
Yulyurlu Lorna Fencer Napurrurla was a Warlpiri artist from Lajamanu in the Tanami Desert of the Northern Territory. Born in the 1920’s, she began painting in 1986 and quickly developed a signature style of vivid colour and liberal use of paint. She soon became one of the most sought after artists in the region, with […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Alfonso Puautjimi & Jane Tipuamantumirri from the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Australia, portray aspects of Tiwi life, ranging from quirky fish, magpie geese and ceremonial life, to houses, cars, planes and portraits. These richly painted ochres on paper feature bold brush strokes and a generous application of paint. Ngaruwanajirri (meaning helping one another in Tiwi) was […]
These etchings from Yirrkala Print Workshop feature prints by leading Yolngu artists which are a reflection of their culture, ingenuity, skill and artistic vision. The etchings were editioned at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre in 2013. Buku Larrnggay Mulka has a long and proud history as one of Australia’s premier Indigenous art centres and printmaking […]