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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