Tim Melville Gallery, Cnr McColl & Roxburgh Streets, Newmarket
1 Mar - 26 Mar
The Heart of Everything
Aboriginal Painting from Mornington and Bentinck Islands, Australia. Presented by Tim Melville Gallery
"At the heart of everything is the land. It is the way we
think and feel about the land that makes us Aboriginal". Larry
Lanley (1927-1981) Chairman: Mornington Island Council
In this exhibition, 14 artists from Far North Queensland
illustrate the intimate connection between their people and the
land through two distinct painting practices. Mornington
Island's Lardil people are known for the dynamic body paint designs
worn by their dancers. Each 'paint-up' is inherited via complex
kinship systems from designs painted on the chests of Spirit
Ancestors during the Creation era. Artists have begun to translate
these extraordinary abstract designs onto canvas as a 'doorway to
the ancestors' for the island's young people.
White Night, 12 March, 6:00pm -
Adding their voices to this dialogue are the vibrant landscapes
of the Kaiadilt women of neighbouring Bentinck Island, including
86-year-old Sally Gabori, who began painting to explore abstract
representations of her country. Sharing this pride in telling
her stories through painting with her extended family, Gabori
sparked a small but important community movement. Their graphically
clean designs and exhilaratingly coloured landscapes express the
continuing vitality of Aboriginal culture and belief.
Tue-Fri, 11am-6pm / Sat, 11am-3pm
IMAGE: Joseph Watt, Dibirdibi Man
Totem, 2006. Acryic on linen (diptych), 1210mm H x 910mm W
(each panel). Courtesy the artist and Tim Melville Gallery.
Photograph: Kallan Macleod.
With support from Mornington Island Art
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