Dulcie Sharpe, Monique Auricchio,
Malaluba Gumana (dec), John Wolseley
This month we are looking into the imaginative world of the artist. Inner Worlds presents artists who are celebrated for their distinctive personal styles. These works take us on a journey through memories and observations to tell us stories of animals, places and emblematic characters. They draw us into a world observed – with the thoughts, humour, fear and joy that embody life. We hope you enjoy Inner Worlds.
Dulcie Sharpe was born at Jay Creek in the Northern Territory. The inspiration for her art comes from animals and bush tucker and features powerful images of the artists’ Arrernte homelands west of Alice Springs.
Monique Auricchio is a New South Wales based printmaker who explores the menacing relationships between predator and prey in the animal kingdom. Her work contains whimsical and theatrical elements of animals infused with human sensibility and evokes the fragile and peculiar pecking order of the human and animal condition.
Malaluba Gumana (dec) was an NT artist who lived at Gangan, NE Arnhem Land. Malaluba mainly painted her mother’s Gålpu clan designs of dhatam (waterlilly), djari (ripples and rainbows), djayku (filesnake) and wititj (olive python). Her imagery refers to one of the oldest continuous human religious iconographical practices – the story of the Rainbow Serpent. Djaykuŋ (ﬁlesnake) lives amongst the dhatam, causing Djari, on the surface of the water. It also refers to the power of the storm created by Wititj, the diagonal lines representing trees that have been knocked down as Wititj moves from place to place.
English born artist John Wolseley has travelled and painted Australia from the central deserts to the forests of Tasmania and the tidal reaches of east Arnhem Land and beyond. His work over the last twenty years has been a search to discover how we dwell and move within landscape – a kind of meditation on how land is a dynamic system of which we are all a part. Through his series of works entitled One Hundred and One Insect Life Stories, Wolseley invites us to enter the umwelt or ‘life world’ of non-human creatures.
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